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Rick Santorum Made $3.6 Million As Washington Consultant

February 16, 2012

So much for the humble grandfather story working in Santorum’s behalf.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, whose humble coal-country biography is central to his political message, made more than $3.6 million in recent years as a Washington consultant and claimed a German luxury sedan as a business expense, according to tax returns released by his campaign.

Santorum’s growing wealth after leaving Congress could complicate his attempt to focus on his history as the grandson of a hardscrabble coal miner, particularly as the GOP nomination race narrows to a contest between him and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a former private-equity manager.

Santorum has sought to play down the money he made as a Washington consultant-for-hire after his time in the Senate, focusing instead on his working-class background and socially conservative beliefs. The strategy helped produce a spate of primary victories and a rapid rise in the polls, leaving him as the main rival to Romney in Michigan and other upcoming contests.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 11:35 AM

    The problem you describe is something that needs fixing and that is wealth trickles down to the poor.

    Second, you comment “Knowledge = money and people pay for knowledge”—you might not be aware that Satorum tried to fleece a school district and not pay for knowledge at one time–in fact–this was a huge story and was one reason he was denied a return to the U.S. Senate.

    Santorum has not always home schooled his children, however. When Santorum was serving in the Senate, he decided to effectively move his family to Virginia – a situation that would cause political problems for the then-Pennsylvania senator.Santorum did not enroll his kids in local Pennsylvania schools, and he did not home school them: Instead, he enrolled five of them in the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. The “cyber” school is considered a public school, as Mother Jones notes, where students have to meet state requirements. It also provides free computers and other perks, and the Penn Hills school district ended up shelling out $38,000 per year for the Santorum children.

    Finally, the reason this story matters, if you have been following the strategy of Sanntorum’s narrative to get the nomination, comes down to his attempt to make a populist pitch for votes. That is harder for him to do after this news was reported.

  2. February 17, 2012 10:56 AM

    No surprise there… but I wonder what the drug companies are saying to him.. Don’t they make contraceptives?? The guy is a throw back from the 18th century.

  3. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 17, 2012 8:07 AM

    Since wealth trickles down to the poor, good. Hope Rick makes many more dollars as long as it is legal to do so. And being a paid consultant is fine. Knowledge = money and people pay for knowledge…heck that’s what keeps the education system in the bucks come to think about it. It’s guessed President has one billion dollars for his campaign war chest. So what’s the big deal about earning money?

    skip.

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