Carson Wants Paycheck For Speeches While Running
Someone should tell Ben Carson that when you’re running for president you don’t get paid for speeches.
[Business manager Armstorng] Williams insists that no new paid speeches had been put on Carson’s schedule since July 2014. “Everything, with the exception of two or three [paid engagements], will be cleared off the calendar” by May, he says. But Doug Watts, communications director for Carson’s exploratory committee, tells NR that Carson’s business office continued scheduling paid speaking engagements through January 2015. He also says Carson is set to give an unspecified number of paid speeches extending into next fall. It’s unusual for presidential candidates to deliver paid speeches after officially declaring their intent to run. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee continued to give paid talks throughout his 2008 candidacy. But candidates in both parties almost always clear their paid speaking schedules in advance of a presidential announcement — both to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest and to safeguard the tax-exempt status of some of their hosts.