THU OCT 27, 2011 AT 01:00 PM PDT
plus expenses of not more than $5,000 that the school was to provide, including:— first-class airfare— a VIP hotel suite— meals and “all reasonable incidentals”— town car and driver for ride from Rhee’s home to the airport, airport to the hotel, hotel to the engagement “or any combination thereof”
But it's not like Rhee's greedy or anything—for this relatively small public university, Rhee offered a substantial discount from her usual rate of $50,000 for a speaking engagement. Blogger At the Chalk Face notes that:
...the proceeds, excessive as they are, are apparently going to something called Rhee Enterprises, LLC and care of a creative artists agency. So, like a talent agent? I mean, I get it: you make huge bank on the road as some hard-ass former education czar whose ideas have been debunked on numerous occasions. I guess you’re going to need someone to manage your “talent.” But, this whole LLC thing: it’s operated by her brother. So then Rhee Enterprises, which is really funny by the way, needs to pay her brother for managing the whole show. What’s his cut? Hey, wait, what are the students getting out of this? I thought they were first?
Clearly it was never really students first for Rhee. I thought it might be union-busting first, or privatization first. But it looks like it really always was Rhee first.
From Laura Clawson, at the Daily Kos