The Smoking Gun, a popular website that collects public domain documents and detritus that serve mostly to embarrass, has obtained a copy of the standard speaker’s contract for arranging appearances by former Vice President Al Gore. For $100,000 plus expenses, including unrestricted first-class travel, you can get a 75-minute multimedia presentation on global warming.
To be fair, these kind of contracts usually go into some embarrassing detail: Sheryl Crow, for example, demands one pint soy milk AND a bottle of Makers Mark Bourbon on Mondays.
Still, Gore’s five-page contract just oozes self importance.
The Sponsor will also pay for first class hotel accommodations for Vice President Gore plus one additional individual. The Sponsor will be responsible for meals, phone calls and any other related expenses for Vice President Gore and one additional individiual. The Sponsor will pay for all ground transportation, which is to be provided by a professional car service, including ground transportation to and from airports of origin and destination. The car will be a sedan, NOT an SUV. In addition, sponsor will make best effort to use hybrid car for Vice President Gore’s transportation in any city of engagement. The Sponsor will pay a $1,000 per diem per agenda day for VP Vice President Gore’s Advisor for meals, phone calls, and any other related expense.
That’s a pretty darn good per diem.
Gore is demanding radical social and economic change to save the world from catastrophe. Everyone else must sacrifice…except for Gore.
Oh, and the client paying $100,000 for his Powerpoint presentation? The University of California-San Diego. That’s taxpayers’ dollars at use.
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