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Michael Steele & Harold Ford: $40,000

Would you prefer a failed senatorial candidate or a Republican party official so gaffe-prone he has his own puppet on "The Daily Show?" You can have both for the bargain price of $40,000. That’s what the University of Arkansas paid for a dual appearance by then-prospective Senate candidate Harold Ford and Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. The pair command about $20,000-30,000 per speech on each—not a bad deal, considering the possible media attention from Ford lying about his address, or Steele unwittingly denouncing his party’s foreign-policy positions.

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