Sarah Palin has reportedly raked in more than $12 million since resigning as governor of Alaska in July 2009, according to ABC News.
Over the past year, Palin's large paychecks have come under scrutiny by the media as well as by members of the Republican Party.
The ex-Alaska governor collected a $1.25 million paycheck for her memoir Going Rogue: An American Life, boasts an astounding $100,000 speaking fee, and will reap $1 million for each episode she shoots of her upcoming reality television show, Sarah Palin's Alaska.
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Sarah Palin collected a $1.25 million "retainer" for her best-selling memoir Going Rogue: An American Life, according to a financial disclosure made by the ex-Alaska Governor. The Associated Press reports that in the end, it's likely Palin will profit on top of the reported $1.25 million for her book book deal with HarperCollins: "The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn't cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn't elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a "retainer" that appears to be a reference to her lucrative advance."
Sarah Palin ruffled feathers within the Republican Party when it was reported that she was charging $100,000 to speak at an event being held by the Iowa Family Public Policy Center. Politico’s Jonathan Martin reports: “Rather than exciting conservatives about the prospect of a visit from the former Alaska governor, the group’s plan to raise a six-figure sum to bring her to the state has GOP activists recoiling at the thought of paying to land a politician's speaking appearance.”
Sarah Palin’s shocking speaking fee grabbed headlines again when Politico reported that the ex-governor was being paid $100,000 to speak at the first-ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets to attend the convention cost $549, while tickets to attend just Palin's speech ran for $349.
Sarah Palin’s upcoming reality show, Sarah Palin Alaska, to air on Discovery Communication's TLC will reportedly earn the ex-Alaska governor $1 million for each episode that she shoots.
While it remains undisclosed how much Sarah Palin is making from her deal with Fox News, there is little doubt that her paycheck from the network is breaking the bank. ABC News’ Matthew Mosk reports that Palin does not publicize her private earnings and somehow “has managed to keep a lid on reliable figures for her earnings from a multi-year contract with Fox News.”
Sarah Palin sparked a firestorm of controversy when she spent $150,000 in RNC cash on clothing and make-up during the 2008 presidential campaign.
During her Going Rogue book tour, it was exposed that Palin was jetting-setting across the country in a private plane, instead of traveling by bus as had been widely publicized.
ABC News reports that Palin's $12 million cash haul translates into an income of "at least 100 times her old salary." (Palin's salary as governor of Alaska was $125,000.)
ABC's Matthew Mosk writes:
The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings, and has managed to keep a lid on reliable figures for her earnings from a multi-year contract with Fox News and a second book deal with HarperCollins.