But asked by Think Progress, Kennedy replied that he had been paid $25,000 and that he wouldn't accept the money if he didn't believe in the cause.
By: Think Progress
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) told Think Progress he was paid $25,000 to speak at a rally to remove a controversial Iranian exiled opposition group from the U.S. terrorist rolls after previously not saying if he was paid.
Kennedy wouldn't tell Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin whether or not he was paid to speak at the rally to remove the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) from the State Department list of foreign terror organizations. But asked by Think Progress, Kennedy replied that he had been paid $25,000 and that he wouldn't accept the money if he didn't believe in the cause:
THINKPROGRESS: Were you paid for this appearance or the other one?
KENNEDY: Yes, I have.
THINKPROGRESS: Do you mind if I ask how much it was?
KENNEDY: Y'know, $25,000.
THINKPROGRESS: By whom?
KENNEDY: By the Iranian-American diasporas. [...] I have no problem with it. I wouldn't support a group just because I was paid for it if I didn't believe in them. And the implication of some of these questions is, "Well, if you're getting paid you must be getting paid for something you don't agree with." [...]