Thursday, June 21, 2012

Supreme Court Justices' Financial Disclosures

Eight of the nine Supreme Court justices released their annual financial disclosure forms yesterday, according to THIS on CNN.  The article details a lot of foreign travel, which wasn't that interesting.  But I was surprised by how little the justices apparently earn in connection with their "extracurricular work."  Scalia reported a mere $18,700 in book income, and Breyer only $45,000. And they were tops.

The article also states that the justices are generally paid about $15,000 for each personal appearance. Only $15,000? That made me wonder, by comparison, how much it would cost to get Lindsay Lohan or Justin Bieber.  According to THIS 2007 ABC News article, Jessica Simpson commanded a $400,000 appearance fee in 2006; Pamela Anderson cost $250K; and Mariah Carey a whopping $3 million.

Would $15,000 even draw the Octomom today?

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