Retired National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, faced criticism after it was reported by Fox News Digital that he was charging speaking fees of up to $100,000.
Fauci, formerly the highest-paid federal government employee, was reportedly charging between $50,000 to $100,000 as a keynote speaker for "motivation" and "healthcare", according to a screenshot from the Leading Motivational Speakers' website. This information was shared over the weekend by Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Many criticized Fauci for his high speaking fees, in response to Christina Pushaw's post highlighting the information.
Jordan Schachtel, a Substack writer, responded on Twitter, saying "Follow The Science, starting at $50,000 an hour."
Follow The Science
Starting at 50k an hour
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 5, 2023
Tim Graham, the Executive Editor of NewsBusters, replied, "Gotta replace the $400,000 federal salary..."
Gotta replace the 400K federal salary...
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) February 5, 2023
A Freedom of Information Act request showed that in 2019, Dr. Fauci earned over $417,000. He also earned over $384,000 in the years 2017 and 2018.
Forbes reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the retired NIAID director, earned $3.6 million between 2010 and 2019. OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group, informed Fox News Digital that the Fauci's net worth increased from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million in 2021, attributed to investment gains, awards, compensation, and royalties.
An archived version of a webpage from November 2020 showed that Dr. Fauci's speaking fee was between $25,000 and $50,000. At some point after late 2020 and before summer 2021, the fee increased to between $50,000 and $100,000, and the topic of "healthcare" was added to his speaking offerings.
Fox News Digital reported that Dr. Fauci has a scheduled commencement speech in May at Yale Medical School. In 2022, he gave speeches during commencement ceremonies at the University of Maryland, Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and the City College of New York.
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