“My income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past, whether ordinary income or earned annually,” Romney, said after a rally in Florence, South Carolina as he admitted he paid “probably close” to 15 per cent of his income in tax. His fortune is thought to be around $250 million – money amassed mainly from his years as the head of Bain Capital.
And then this: “I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.”
Not by his standards, maybe.
According to the Telegraph a disclosure form he filed stated that in the year to February 2011 he was paid about $375,000 for nine speeches.
It reminds me of the moment during the 1992 election campaign when George Bush was caught asking a supermarket clerk how check-out worked.