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George W. Bush Quietly Earning Millions on Speaking Circuit

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By    |   Monday, 08 Jun 2015 01:23 PM

Former President George W. Bush has earned tens of millions of dollars from paid speeches since 2009, Politico reported.

Bush has given at least 200 paid speeches, typically earning between $100,000 and $175,000 per appearance. But compared to the Clintons, he has attracted less attention as many of his engagements are at private events around the world.

Most of the organizations that hosted Bush were reluctant to reveal how much they paid him, Politico said.

"I signed a confidentiality agreement," Frances Atchison, the co-chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Series in Vero Beach, Florida, told Politico.

"We're precluded by contract from sharing any of the particulars," said Carol Walden, a spokesperson for FARE, a conference about the business of food at which Bush spoke, according to Politico.

The first president to take to the speaking circuit after leaving office was Gerald Ford. He initially drew $10,000 per speech which evolved to $40,000, Politico said. Ronald Reagan brought in $2 million from several talks in Japan.

George H.W. Bush justified joining the speaking circuit saying, "Everybody's got to make a living."

Bill Clinton had a similar explanation, "I gotta pay the bills," he said last month.

Concerns about conflicts of interest for the speeches and who is paying for them is a particular issue for the Bushes and Clinton in a way that other presidents were not affected, given they have family involved in politics. Clinton, in particular, has been forthcoming about his speaking schedules and compensation, Politico said.

As of May 2011, George W. had given roughly 140 talks for a total of at least $15 million, according to an estimate from his office, Politico said. But his office was unable to provide an estimate since then.

"I don't have such a record of his speeches," Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Politico.

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