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Nikki Haley Making Bank with Speeches -- Is She Building Up a War Chest?

Nikki Haley Making Bank with Speeches -- Is She Building Up a War Chest?

When former UN Ambassador and SC Governor Nikki Haley said she was retiring from her role as Ambassador to make money, she meant it. Haley is commanding big bucks for appearances -- she and her team are currently quoting $200,000 and the use of a private jet per speaking engagement, with higher amounts for international appearances. Her fee is on par with the amount charged by former presidents, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former First LadyMichelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It has some speculating that Haley is working to build a financial war chest for a potential presidential run, whether in 2020 -- should Donald Trump not run -- or 2024. She has said in interviews that she does not plan to challenge the current president and plans to campaign for him in 2020. Others say that she is just trying to make money after years in the public sector. According to federal ethics reports, Haley’s debt last year was somewhere between $525,000 to approximately $1.1 million. More here.

Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Jockey for Black Caucus Support Behind the Scenes

Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Jockey for Black Caucus Support Behind the Scenes

Bobby Rush Calls on FBI to Launch Hate Crimes Investigation Into Attack on Jussie Smollett

Bobby Rush Calls on FBI to Launch Hate Crimes Investigation Into Attack on Jussie Smollett