Bernie Sanders’ 2014 speaking gigs netted less than $2K
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) netted of $1,867.42 for two paid speeches and a television appearance last year, according to according to financial disclosure reports.
The total reflects a paltry sum compared to the millions of dollars collected over the same period by former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, against whom Sanders is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The highest-valued Sanders appearance, a spot on comedian Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” in November, was worth only worth $850.
Financial disclosure reports show he gave the money to a charity, a non-profit called Northeast Kingdom Community Action that helps low-income families in Vermont.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, has come under some scrutiny for the large speaking fees for opponents who want to paint her as out of touch.
Recent financial reports showed that she and her husband, President Bill Clinton, earned $25 million for delivering a total of 104 speeches last year.
The former secretary of State made 51 speeches during both 2014 and the first three months of this year, banking more than $11 million. Some speeches, such as a talk at eBay’s San Jose, Calif. headquarters were worth as much as $315,000. She gave the speech only a month before she announced she would run for president.
The Clintons have said they donate part of their speaking fees to charity.
Sanders listed two paid talks to a publishing company and also filed documents listing charitable donations in those amounts to the Addison County Parent Child Center in Vermont.
Overall, he had a minimum net worth of $169,025 in 2014, including at least $25,002 in credit card debt, according to recently released financial disclosure reports tallied by The Hill.