(RepublicanWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci faced criticism online on Sunday after reports emerged about his speaking fee.
Critics were stunned to discover that the once highest-paid federal U.S. government employee is charging up to $100,000 for speaking engagements.
This news has raised questions about Fauci’s financial motivations and independence in light of his high-profile role as a public health expert during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The information was brought to light by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rapid response director, Christina Pushaw, who tweeted a screenshot from the Leading Motivational Speaker’s Agency’s website. The screenshot showed that Fauci is listed as a motivational and healthcare keynote speaker, with a fee ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.
Many argued that his high speaking fee undermines his credibility and raises ethical concerns, regardless of the public response.
On October 19, 2020, President Trump called Dr. Fauci “a disaster.”
The chief medical adviser to Biden is scheduled to deliver the 2023 Yale Medical School commencement speech in May. He has also been a keynote speaker at several other university commencement ceremonies, including the University of Maryland, Roger Williams University, and The City College of New York.
According to a Freedom of Information Act request, Fauci was once considered the highest-paid employee of the U.S. government, earning more than even the president. In 2019, Fauci’s income reached a record high of $417,608.00, and over the previous two years, he earned $384,625.00.
Between 2010 and 2019, Forbes reported that Fauci, as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, earned $3.6 million.
Watchdog group OpenTheBooks found that the Fauci family’s net worth expanded from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million by the end of 2021, due to investment gains, awards, compensation, and royalties.
While Fauci has been widely celebrated by the media and Hollywood, he also has his share of critics who claim he was inconsistent in his messaging during the early days of the pandemic and see him as a career bureaucrat capitalizing on his newfound fame.
Fauci, the former White House COVID advisor, was flooded with angry responses throughout social media.