Former White House COVID advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who at one time was the highest-paid employee of the federal government, was blasted after it was revealed that he is receiving as much as $100,000 for speaking engagements since he retired.
Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, tweeted a screenshot from the Leading Motivational Speakers Agency’s website showing the cost of hiring Fauci as a “motivational” speaker ranging from $50,000 – $100,000. The website boasted that Fauci’s “career warrants execution under immense pressure that can alter the course of human existence. … This high level of research, discovery and execution is amazing given the grave challenges he faces on a daily basis.”
“Follow The Science Starting at 50k an hour,” writer Jordan Schachtel jabbed.
So I’m now going down this rabbit hole and it appears Fauci has been doing PAID speaking gigs through this company since Nov 2020 😂 https://t.co/713sBEp2Pv
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 5, 2023
“Motivational? WTF is he motivating them to do? Triple mask? Gain of function?” Saifedean Ammous, the author of “The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking,” snapped.
Motivational? WTF is he motivating them to do? Triple mask? Gain of function?
— Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean) February 5, 2023
“Gotta replace the 400K federal salary…,” NewsBusters’ Tim Graham replied.
Gotta replace the 400K federal salary…
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) February 5, 2023
According to openthebooks.com — which claimed that NIH stonewalled them for over a year regarding a request to see Fauci’s finances, forcing openthebooks.com to sue them —Fauci was paid $417,608 in 2019, $434, 312 in 2020 and $456,028 in 2021. Openthebooks added that upon his retirement, Fauci would collect an annual retirement package paying over $355,000 annually, the largest federal pension in history.
According to Forbes, in the decade from 2010 to 2019, Fauci made $3.6 million.
Last year Fauci gave keynote speeches at the University of Maryland, Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and The City College of New York; this year he is scheduled to do so at the 2023 Yale Medical School Commencement.
In January 2022, Kansas GOP Senator Roger Marshall grilled Fauci, asking, “As the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments? After all, your colleague [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle] Walensky and every member of Congress submits a financial disclosure that includes their investments.”
“All you have to do is ask for it,” Fauci ultimately replied. “You’re so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.” He was later caught on a hot mic saying of Marshall, “What a moron. Jesus Christ.”
Apprised of Fauci’s comments, Marshall responded, “Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts.”