To most Americans, the phrase “not very much” when conceived in terms of money would signify, “the coins under the couch cushions or 36 cents, whichever is greater.” To Mitt Romney, you need to start talking at least six figures before he’ll even muster the words “not very much.” Anything less than a quarter-million rounds down to zero, basically.

Mr. Romney added: “And then I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.”

In fact, in the most recent year, Mr. Romney made $374,327.62 in speaker’s fees, at an average of $41,592 per speech, according to his public financial disclosure reports.


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