While Barack Obama was making history, former
Sen. John Edwards was making money… much in the
same way his mentor, former President Bill Clinton
did immediately after leaving office in disgrace.
Edwards, who has lost close to $500,000 in speaking fees since
it was revealed he cheated on his wife, Elizabeth, who is battling
cancer, is being paid a $65,000 fee by the student union
organization at the University of Illinois. Edwards is represented
by the Harry Walker Agency, a well-known speakers bureau. According
to an AP report, the agency claimed Edwards’ fee had increased
since the scandal. What’s more, Edwards is further ensuring his
full fee by making appearances with his wife, who is also
represented by the Walker agency.
If anyone knows how to make money for his speakers, it’s Walker,
whose client base includes former President Clinton. Clinton,
you’ll recall, for the first year or so out of office was not
making his expected speaker fee of $100,000 plus from the more
traditional corporate clients, but was instead taking smaller fees
from universities and larger fees from overseas clients. It appears
that Edwards is following that model.
When asked about the increased fee, one former Edwards Senate
aide said, “What do you expect? It looks like he’s got more child
support to pay out now.”
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