How much is a Cabinet post worth?

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The bribery trial of a Chicago banker who helped arrange millions in loans for former Trump aide Paul Manafort has surfaced a curious question about the most coveted gig in Washington: How much is a Cabinet post worth?

While some prospective presidential advisers might have considered the question in such crude terms, it seems unlikely that taxpayer dollars were expended to address it — until now.

As the trial of Federal Savings Bank founder Stephen Calk plays out in a Manhattan courtroom, one of the issues in contention is whether the various positions Calk aspired to — including secretary of the Treasury, Defense and Commerce —

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