Report: Booker earned $500K in income last year

Newark Mayor Cory Booker made a half a million dollars last year, almost $350,000 from speaking fees, according to published reports.

The U.S. Senate hopeful took in an average income of more than $260,000 per year over the last 15 years, according to documents the campaign shared with reporters Friday. Booker’s speeches supplemented annual income from the city of Newark that ranged from $83,000 in 2006 to $152,000 in 2011.

Booker’s speaking fees climbed dramatically since 2006, when they totaled just over $10,000. In 2011, he collected more than $406,000 from speaking fees.

Reports also indicate Booker also plans to give away his stake in Waywire, the Internet startup company he founded last year.

The returns showed Booker donated nearly $150,000 to charity over the 15 year period despite the campaign saying in March the Newark mayor gave about $620,000 in donations since 2009.

Booker aides told POLITICO the mayor donated $469,906 to charity so far in the 2013 tax year, an amount, the political website notes, that far exceeds what Booker made in speaking fees the prior year.

Booker told The New York Times in March that he has “given away hundreds and hundreds of thousands” of his speaking fees. “After Uncle Sam takes his share and after I’ve given away hundreds and hundreds of thousands, I’ve kept very little of it, if any,” he said.

But according to the filings, he gave about $150,000 total to charity over 14 years. Report: Booker earned $500K in income last year