I don’t have much more to add to this other than the former head of California’s State and Consumer Services Agency Rosario Marin, who resigned earlier this year has been fined $5,700 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for accepting over $70,000 in illegal speaking fees while in office.
We blogged about her previous actions here. California has had a ban on public officials accepting speaking fees since 1990. Marin’s actions that prompted her resignation and subsequent fine involved conflict of interest. More specifically:
“Marin resigned from the administration last March after the Los Angeles Times reported that she had accepted speaking fees, including $15,000 from Pfizer and $13,500 from Bristol-Myers Squibb while the drug companies were lobbying her agency.
The FPPC said Marin reported collecting more than $30,000 in speaking fees in 2006 and again in 2007, and more than $10,000 for speeches in 2008.”
Rosario Marin obviously was comfortable being in the pocket of big pharma, but I thought I would try to figure out why she was paid the big bucks for public speaking engagements and found this YouTube. While this is only a snippet, I don’t find Marin’s message particularly compelling. I think that she uses many trite cliches in her speech. What do you think? Is she worthy of five figure speaking fees?