Former President George W. Bush may be staying out of the limelight these days, but his chief political counselor, Karl Rove, seems to be ubiquitous.
Rove appears regularly on Fox News and in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, and he's also one of the masterminds behind Crossroads GPS, the non-profit spending millions of dollars on advertising while hiding the identity of its donors.
Rove also does quite nicely on the speaking circuit.
On Saturday, Aug. 10 he'll give two speeches in Bend, one to the regional chapter of Associated General Contractors and the other at a fundraiser for the Oregon Reagan PAC, a committee founded by state Senate candidate Tim Knopp.
Knopp, who defeated Sen. Chris Telfer of Bend in the May GOP primary, said Rove's agency is being paid $25,000 for his appearance before the Reagan PAC. The Reagan PAC is selling tickets to a reception with Rove for $500. The group is also pitching $2,500-per-person tickets to a dinner with Rove.
No word on what Rove is getting from the contractors, although I notice that one speaker's bureau (which is not the one that Rove works through) claims that Rove typically gets at least $50,000.
Whatever the case, Rove is lucky that he lives in a time when big-time political operatives are also celebrities.
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