Politicians often write books while they are in and out of office. There could be big money in it. In fact, Donald Trump is upset he hasn’t been offered a book deal yet after Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and the Obama received multi-million dollar advances. Publishers, however, don’t seem to be all that interested.
In 2020, Ted Cruz had a book called One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, published by Conservative imprint, Regency Books. And according to Forbes, his campaign might have purchased more than $150,000 on copies.
It is a relatively common practice for campaigns to buy books as incitements for supporters. The RNC spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying up copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s books.
What makes Cruz’s situation tricky is that he receives a royalty on copies sold. Attorney Brett Kappel explained, “The FEC has issued a long series of advisory opinions allowing members to use campaign funds to buy copies of their own books at a discount from the publisher, provided that the royalties they would normally receive on those sales are given to charity.”
When reached for comment, the Cruz campaign told Forbes, “Senator Cruz has not received one cent of royalties in connection with any One Vote Away book sales.”
Supporters of Cruz could receive a signed copy of the book in return for making a $77 donation.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.