Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has made a killing sine she resigned her post last July, raking in at least $12 million from a variety of sources, ABC News reported Tuesday.
The Tea Party favorite and potential 2012 presidential contender has made her money from television appearances, book deals and speaking engagements, according to ABC, which used public records and news reports to compile the total.
As governor of Alaska, Palin made $125,000, about 10 times less than what she has earned since leaving office.
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That conservative estimate is based on publicly available records and news accounts. The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings. She reputedly got a $7 million deal for her first book, with the bulk of that money due after her resignation as governor, and $250,000 per episode, according to the entertainment trade press, for each of eight episodes of a reality show about Alaska for the The Learning Channel. She 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.
A Palin aide responding to questions from ABC News said the governor "is now a private citizen. As a result, her fees and earnings are private."
While book and television royalties are huge earners, Palin, 46, has taken on a breakneck schedule of public speaking engagements, booked through the Washington Speakers Bureau. Her typical fee is $100,000, according to a January report in Politico, though she accepts a somewhat smaller fee for events on the West Coast because they are easier to get to from Alaska. Speakers Bureau officials did not respond to emailed questions.