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TheDailyBeast: More Overpaid Celebrity Speakers

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Newt Gingrich: $60,000

Perhaps not the most tactful way to defend yourself against charges of lobbying, Newt Gingrich claimed that he didn’t need to lobby because his speaking gigs are so lucrative. “I did no lobbying of any kind, period,” Gingrich said at a campaign stop in South Carolina. “For a practical reason—and I’m going to be really direct, OK? I was charging $60,000 a speech and the number of speeches was going up, not down.” Gingrich’s speaking business notwithstanding, he may have lobbied as well. The New York Times reports that Gingrich pitched his clients’ ideas to lawmakers for $200,000 a year in membership fees.

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