Washington (CNN) - Although Mitt Romney said his income from giving speeches is "not very much," speech-related income in the year surrounding the publication of his 2010 book was more than most Americans make in a year.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, earned $374,327.62 in speaking fees between February 2010 and February 2011, according to documents the candidate filed with the Federal Election Commission in October of last year. The first edition of his book was published in March 2010.
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The checks were from nine speeches delivered over the year and paid by a bank, asset management firm, health care company, and college, among others.
The single largest checks were for $68,000, for keynoting the 2011 International Franchise Association annual convention and from Goldentree Asset Management.
The smallest check – $20,000 – was for two speeches in Vero Beach, Florida, when Romney spoke on his book and President Barack Obama amidst the 2010 midterm elections.
On Tuesday, Romney downplayed his income from speaking engagements and said he did not profit from his book as he donated what he made from its publication.
In "the last ten years my income comes overwhelmingly from investments made in the past rather than ordinary income or rather than earned annual income," he said. "I got a little bit of income from my book but I gave all of that away. And then I get speakers fees from time to time but not very much."
- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.