RBG’s $2,500 Bag of Bling

June 7th, 2013

Remember that blingy jabot RBG wore earlier this year that came as part of a Glamour Magazine gift bag? Turns out it cost $2,500.

Tony Mauro reports on some of the other gifts the Justices received (only one neck doily):

Justice Stephen Breyer reported more modest royalties of $29,980 from Random House for his 2011 book Making Our Democracy Work. Similarly, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor received under $1,600 from Random House for royalties on her previous books. For his part, retired Justice John Paul Stevens reported $14,000 in payments for book reviews he penned for the New York Review of Books in 2012.

Justices are also required to list gifts they received that are valued at more than $350. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received a $2,500 gift bag from Glamour Magazine as a Woman of the Year, while Justice Antonin Scalia reported the gift of a shotgun worth $1,000 from the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Sotomayor cleaned up with more than $3 million in royalties from her book.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s bestselling memoir about growing up in poverty has earned her more than $3 million, including $1.9 million in advances on royalties she received last year.

In her 2012 financial disclosure form released Friday, Sotomayor indicated she received $1 million in April, 2012 and $925,000 in December from the Knopf Doubleday Group, publishers of My Beloved World, which debuted in January of this year. Earlier, she had reported receiving a $1.2 million advance in 2010. She also listed more than $3,000 in reimbursements for book promotion expenses from the publisher in 2012.