Michael Steele is get'in paid!!!
Michael S. Steele, Republican National Committee chairman, is using his title to market himself for paid appearances nationwide, personally profiting from speeches with fees of up to $20,000 at colleges, trade associations and other groups - an unusual practice criticized by a string of past party chairmen.Ain't nothin goin' on rent, baby! Holla!
"Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money for speeches," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., RNC chairman under President Reagan and CEO of the American Gaming Association.
"The job of a national chairman is to give speeches. That's what the national party pays him for. We didn't have a rule book back then, but being national chairman was and is a full-time job," Mr. Fahrenkopf said.
Mr. Steele's office dismissed the criticism, saying the chairman was a highly sought-after speaker before being elected to lead the RNC, he's following all RNC rules, and is committed full time to growing the Republican Party.