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SPD candidate earned €1.25 million on the side
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SPD candidate earned €1.25 million on the side

Published: 30 Oct 2012 08:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Oct 2012 08:55 GMT+01:00

Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democrat challenger to Angela Merkel in next year's election, is to reveal his earnings from a lucrative sideline on the speaking tour, after rumours threatened to derail his campaign before it began.

The chancellor candidate earned a total of €1.25 million from 89 speaking engagements since he left office as Merkel's finance minister in 2009, the Bild newspaper revealed ahead of Tuesday's announcement.

He earned an average of €14,065 per speech, the paper said, with fees for individual speeches ranging from €1,000 to €25,000. Adjusted for a 48.5 percent tax rate, that left him with an average of €7,314 per speech.

In some cases, Steinbrück also donated the fee to social projects, including the Catholic charity "Tafel Monheim", the family counselling service "Pro Familia", and a jazz museum.

Steinbrück also gave 237 unpaid speeches during that period, at schools, the SPD's political foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and in some charities.

These fees come on top of his salary as an MP in the Bundestag which amounts to €7,960 a month plus expenses. As a former state secretary, former minister in two different states, former state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, and former federal finance minister, he is also entitled to a number of different pensions, amounting to around €1,800 a month, pension experts estimate.

The disclosure of his exact income comes after a row erupted in parliament over his earnings, and a debate about how much MPs should be allowed to earn on the side.

The government coalition recently announced a reform in the bracketing structure by which MPs' incomes are revealed, but fell short of imposing full disclosure.

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10:06 October 30, 2012 by lucksi
Good thing he doesn't have to say who bribed, erm sorry, sponsored, him with those lucrative speaking opportunities.

And sure, being on some boards of directors with several companies and getting paid 5 figure sums for speeches is not influencing any of our politicians. Who would ever dare to think that? Not me of course.
11:08 October 30, 2012 by raandy
He did pay taxes according to the article.He donated some earning to charity and 230+ free speeches and he appears to be transparent about what his income was.

Considering what top exces get paid ,his income from speeches is not that decadent.

Given the same opportunity to generate this kind of income, most would do the same.
11:40 October 30, 2012 by gorongoza
Compare this story with those of tax dodgers who sent their loot to Switzerland and the other little state.
16:31 October 30, 2012 by neunElf
A true champagne socialist!
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