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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Good post over at Redstate

I started posting on this blog because I was tired of all the going after Huckabee, and not explaining why Romney was the right man to be POTUS.

But it's just so EASY!

Here is a link to a thread over at REDSTATE discussing some questionable speaking engagements during the campaign. I'm just cutting and pasting the money quotes.

So, here's the thing. An email was sent to the International Speakers Bureau seeking to get a Huckabee speaking engagement. Here's the response back:

From: "Rosalie Jefferson"
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 18:50:01
Subject: Mike Huckabee

Thank you for your inquiry regarding booking Mr. Huckabee for your upcoming event.

Due to the ongoing Presidential campaign, Mr. Huckabee is not accepting speaking engagements.

If you would like to consider other political figures who are not currently running for office, please let me know your budget and I will be delighted to send you bios and fees accordingly.

Happy Holidays,

Rosalie Jefferson
Content Consultant
International Speakers Bureau

A second email was sent to the ISB *specifically* inquiring about Huckabee speaking at a church. Now it gets interesting:


I would be happy to help you with Mike Huckabee. He charges a minimum of $25,000 per engagement plus expenses and he can not address anything to do with his running for President.1 Do you have a date in mind for your event?

Kind regards,

Emily Boyd
International Speakers Bureau/Worldwide

So, Huckabee, even though campaigning for President, makes $25,000.00 per engagement plus expenses to speak at churches, but not to general audiences. And he gets the income from the events (not that I blame him because he'd otherwise be unemployed and needs to pay this off).

But how many other candidates are making personal money on the campaign trail? And why milk churches, but no one else? On Face the Nation this morning, Huckabee said, well, from Mark Kilmer's review of the shows:

Mike Huckabee said that he's going to change the Republican Party because it needs to be changed, to be more inclusive of those with less.

It seems to me that Mike Huckabee is not just trying to drive church voters into the polls for him, but he's trying to get their wallets while he's at it.


Anonymous said...

Come on, Jay...after the fiscal rape perpetrated on Americans by Bush and the Republican Congressional majority I doubt that there is much left in those wallets these days. Of course if there was I'm sure Mitt would "see" it

Big Jay said...

No doubt.

I happen to trust Mitt with the federal budget, and my tax dollars more than anyone else because of my experience (twice) with Bain guys.

They're just unbelievably good at what they do. One of the experiences they figured out a way for this particular organization to cut the facilities budget by HALF, came up with a plan to roll it out over 5 years so there didn't have to be any layoffs.