Monday, February 09, 2015
C. J. Huff to Ethics Commission: I received no speaking fees in 2014
The disclosure form, which is required of superintendents and chief financial officers in larger Missouri school districts, shows Huff's only outside income coming as a partner in D&H Developers, his family's business in McCune, Kansas, which lists as its nature of business "rental property."
D&H Developers was also lifted as Huff's only outside interest in 2012 and 2013.
The financial disclosure reports are signed under penalty of perjury.
Huff's speaking fees were fitst brought to the public's attention by a blog written by two Joplin High School students in the summer of 2013. A spokeswoman for the Washington Speakers Bureau told the students that Huff spoke frequently for them and charged $8,000 a speech, plus travel expenses.
Huff dealt with the fallout from that blog post, by having the Joplin Globe write an article about the district's "thank-you" travel, reported at $89,000 in which Huff was hopscotching the country thanking people for helping us after the tornado.
In that article, Huff acknowledged that the Washington Speakers Bureau contacted him and asked him to make one speech, though he did not say which one that was (and apparently, the Globe did not ask). The Turner Report confirmed that a speech given in New Mexico by Huff in 2013 was given through the Washington Speakers Bureau.
Despite his comments, Huff has made no efforts to have his name removed from the Washington Speakers Bureau, or from other speaker bureaus that list him at prices ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 a speech.
His Washington Speakers Bureau information has been updated and has been used in advertising for some of the speeches listed below.
Huff's speaking itinerary in 2014 included the following:
Thursday, Jan. 23- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
Thursday, Feb. 20- Columbia- An Evening With C. J. Huff- Council of PTAs
Monday,July 14, -Wednesday, July 16- National School Public Relations Association, Baltimore, Maryland. (panel discussion)
Tuesday, July 22 Tenth Annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, North Little Rock
Thursday, September 25, Friday, September 26- Speeches in Chicago, Illinois
Friday, October 10- Keynote speaker at professional development for Elk Island Public School District, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Wednesday, November 5- keynote speaker for Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas
Tuesday,November 18- Saskatchewan School Boards Association
(The list does not include speeches Huff made for Bright Futures USA or speeches that were given in-state.)