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Sarah Palin Rakes In $12 Million-Plus Since Quitting Governorship

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/13/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET

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.

More on how Palin fattened her wallet:

Palin Collects $1.25 Million For Going Rogue
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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."
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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.
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