Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley wants $200K, private jet use for speaking engagements, report says

Nikki Haley wants $200K, private jet use for speaking engagements

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is charging a hefty amount to those who want to hear her speak, according to a CNBC report.

Several people with knowledge of the arrangement told CNBC that Haley is asking for $200,000 and the use of a private jet for speaking arrangements. But if someone wanted a speech from the former UN Ambassador outside of the United States, it could cost more. CNBC was given the information anonymously because the dollar amounts are not public.

The speaking engagements would help pay off more than $1 million in debt that Haley accrued over 14 years of public service, according to CNBC. The figure comes from a 2017 public financial disclosure report.

CNBC reports that it’s unclear which organizations have agreed to pay the rate that Haley is quoting. Her spokesperson has not responded to an e-mail, text or call for comment.

Haley is not the first public figure to charge a large amount for speaking engagements after entering the private sector. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all charged large amounts for speaking engagements. In fact, an Associated Press investigation found Clinton brought in nearly $22 million from speaking engagements between 2013 and 2015, which led to criticism during her presidential run. Opponents claimed she was influenced by special interests.

Haley has said she will be supporting President Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign, but she hasn’t ruled out a run of her own after that.

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