April 13, 2015 10:30 am -


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.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Carson Wants Paycheck For Speeches While Running

  1. eyelashviper April 13th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Well, the candidates who are running while holding public office are getting a nice fat paycheck to campaign. They should resign first, then run.

    • Suzanne McFly April 13th, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Either they should resign or we should look at how much work is actually required from them to do the job they have done and pay them accordingly. If you are too busy “working” on other aspects of your life and you can only attend half of the votes, then as a politician, you only have earned half a paycheck.

      • fedele April 13th, 2015 at 12:55 pm

        Is there ever a time they actually earn the WHOLE paycheck?

        • Suzanne McFly April 13th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

          Not really, but the fact they aren’t there for over half the votes is something that should raise concern.

  2. Warman1138 April 13th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Carson doesn’t abide by that whole ” root of all evil ” it seems.

  3. allison1050 April 13th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    There’s always going to be suckers willing to pay to listen to nonsense.

  4. fancypants April 13th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    all the coffee he can drink
    No charge