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Nikki Haley will headline a Miami event. Her fee may be $200,000

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council emergency session on Israel-Gaza conflict at United Nations headquarter on May 30, 2018 in New York City. Palestinian militants fired rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel on Tuesday night, while Israel hit targets on the Gaza Strip with their fighter jets. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council emergency session on Israel-Gaza conflict at United Nations headquarter on May 30, 2018 in New York City. Palestinian militants fired rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel on Tuesday night, while Israel hit targets on the Gaza Strip with their fighter jets. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Nikki Haley speaks to a sold-out crowd in Downtown Miami on Tuesday, the kind of speaking engagement Haley reportedly charges $200,000 to book, her remarks will be to a crowd shelling out as much as $1,000 to hear from the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and rumored presidential candidate.

Haley will headline the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Main Event at the Hilton Miami Downtown at 6 p.m. But other than those basic facts, details about her appearance have remained shielded from the public.

And the organization intends to keep it that way.

Repeated calls and emails to the organization’s spokeswoman, seeking information about Haley’s compensation, have not been returned. Calls to the Washington Speakers Bureau, which reportedly handles her speaking engagements, were also not returned.

Since her resignation from the Trump Cabinet in October, Haley has reportedly been charging $200,000 per domestic speaking engagement, according to a report by CNBC. At that price, Haley joins the ranks of former U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Leadership at the Jewish Federation told the Miami Herald that Haley, the former South Carolina governor and potential presidential candidate, insisted at first that the event be closed to the media. The access has since been opened.

She will be presented with the 2019 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award. During her time at the United Nations, Haley fought against what she called “anti-Israel bias” there.

The Jewish Federation’s Main Event, which attracts more than 1,200 people every year, is intended for donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the Federation’s 2019 fundraising efforts, though attendees 30 years old or younger may attend with a minimum donation of $500.

From donations alone, the event can raise up to $1 million.

Martin Vassolo is a general assignment reporter on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. He was a member of the Herald’s reporting team covering the 2018 midterm elections and Florida’s recount. Previously, he worked as a political reporting intern with the Herald and as editor-in-chief of the University of Florida’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.
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