The payroll hide-and-seek continues from globetrotting climate czar John Kerry — but not for the West Wing.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is one of 24 employees who make the maximum $180,000, Fox News reported Wednesday. That’s two more big earners than last year.
The White House is required to disclose the salaries of its employees in a report to Congress each year, Fox added. Kerry? It appears his office had no official comment Wednesday when told of the West Wing pay scale.
The Herald has been told any details about Kerry’s climate office staff, their titles, pay and identities will not be made public until October 2024. An appeal of that Freedom of Information Act request has also been denied.
Rick Whitbeck, Alaska state director of Power The Future, told the Herald it’s all coming at a difficult crossroads for consumers.
“At a time where John Kerry and others are fighting against domestic energy production and Americans pay record prices at the pump and are threatened with forced rolling blackouts — due to unreliable green energy — it isn’t surprising to see Kerry hiding information from the public,” he said.
Whitbeck, a Kerry critic, added: “The American taxpayers deserve to know his staff, budget, calendar, as well as the goals of his office. Kerry and his team operate in the shadows, and this office deserves public scrutiny if the public is forced to foot the bill and suffer the consequences.”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had “no comment” on the matter when asked by the Herald this past April about Kerry’s secrecy.
Kerry, formerly a Massachusetts senator, U.S. Secretary of State and failed Democratic presidential candidate, ran from a Herald reporter after an MIT address earlier this year — again dodging any questions about who he actually turns to for climate advice in his office.
As for the West Wing, Fox News added the salaries range from zero per year to $180,000, with the vast majority of the 474 employees making more than $100,000.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain also takes home $180,000, Fox added.
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, did tell the Herald recently that Kerry’s climate secretariat budget came in at $16.5 million and it was “probably more than that.”
That figure, he said, is “10 times” more than what’s doled out to “elected officials.”
Roy called Kerry’s stance on energy policies as gas prices soar “absolute absurdity” and added that he wants to defund the climate office and has filed a “No Taxpayer Funds for Czars Act.”
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