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Trump’s Campaign Purchased $55,000 Worth Of His Own Book

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Trump’s Campaign Purchased $55,000 Worth Of His Own Book

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Donald Trump’s campaign spent $55,055 at Barnes & Noble on purchases of his own book, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission and a new report by The Daily Beast. This report comes a day after it was revealed that the Trump team paid over 400 percent more in rent to Trump Tower after donors began funding the campaign.

A Trump spokesperson told The Daily Beast the books were for the purposes of RNC gifts, which the campaign team “[has] to do.” The Republican National Committee did not confirm or deny that Trump’s team was required to spend this much on gifts for attendees. RNC gift bags included kitschy “Make America Great Again!” items and a copy of Trump’s recent book, Crippled America: How To Make America Great Again.

According to The Daily Beast, if Trump receives the royalties from these sales, the transaction would be illegal under Federal Election Committee rules.

“It’s fine for a candidate’s book to be purchased by his committee, but it’s impermissible to receive royalties from the publisher,” a spokesman for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group, said to the website. “That amounts to an illegal conversion of campaign funds to personal use. There’s a well established precedent from the FEC that funds from the campaign account can’t end up in your own pocket.”

Trump’s team had no comment for the publication when asked about whether Trump would forgo royalties.

Photo: Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer



  1. TZToronto August 24, 2016

    Trump undoubtedly has his lawyers working on how to get him out of Royalty-gate

    1. Daniel Jones August 24, 2016

      His final line of defense–“Not one penny of that lines my pockets; it was all spent on the lawyers.”

    2. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

      No, he’ll just have ’em jury rig the rules where he can benefit, such as delaying payments until after the election or being paid under the table to creating yet another foundation.This way he can declare, “I didn’t make financial profit from those books” then he’ll file losses and refuse to release his tax return for the next year and bingo, the Turnup wins all around again just like the self-proclaimed b’nessman he is.

      1. TZToronto September 2, 2016

        Funny . . . It’s been over a week now, and all I’ve seen in the MSM is that his campaign purchased the books. No mention of the royalty issue. Where are Woodward and Bernstein when we need them?

  2. Blueberry Hill August 24, 2016

    Of course, we know it is just a Frump stunt to make people think that his book is being bought up by lots of people, and probably also get on the “Best Sellers List”. He is such a fake that he knows all the tricks to make fools of people. We know the truth.


  3. rednekokie August 24, 2016

    Why is anyone surprised? Trump is only into anything for the money. Even though he may not receive royalties from it, he will receive advantages from his publisher for moving so many books.
    He is a racketeer — as well as a bigot. (and a dumbass, to boot)

  4. Shreknangst August 24, 2016

    Election style and outcome possibilities were predicted March 2014 — a full year before THE DONALD announced he was running.
    The key phrase for the reading of the prediction was that people would declare something to the effect: “the nation had fallen –it was no longer great”
    THE DONALD selected as his slogan “Make America Great Again” — which complies with the prediction. Other things are taking shape which also fit the prediction for the Republican Party: “Death Over Life: A Prophecy of America’s Destruction”

    That THE DONALD is charging his Campaign three times what he was charging for rent before the Donor Money began coming in; that his campaign is buying — at retail — his own book (pushing up sales and therefore it’s rating on Best Seller list) is also consistent with the desired goal.

    1. Bonissima91910 August 24, 2016

      Just imagine how much, and the inflated percentages he is charging the RNC for his campaign? Care to take a guess? And at what percentages he will claim in his tax return? He will have the full IRS tiend up in knots for years trying to figure out item by item where all his deductions and earnings are from. I’ve dealt with the IRS as an investor and they have extremely limited mental and physical capacity to deal with people who have minimally complex investment accounts… You can not imagine what I had to put up with, yes! years of work, item by item, dummy after dummy, and they do not care or understand sxxt, and all they care is to clock in their 8 hours of work, get their benefits, go home, and collect retirement with benefits – to boot. When tomorrow comes some other dummy wouldl have to take the case, ask, and ask, and we explain, document, respond over and over, dummy after dummy. Finally settled in Federal court and the judge threw the case out, the IRS did not even come to court. Settled in my favor….. In Trumps case, he know and is probably waiting to get the same results I got, only I did not scxxw the IRS or the American people, I had paid my obligations totally. I just had to deal with the ilk at the IRS.

      1. Shreknangst August 24, 2016

        For starters, in terms of campaign related items and anything charged to the RNC – NONE OF IT hits his personal tax return.
        So he will LEGALLY claim ZERO.
        I used to love the line item audits. I would ALWAYS get a refund with interest ( and not because I made any mistakes … I just rounded the numbers against myself with excessive documentation).
        My “clients” would go crazy when I told them that an audit is the best thing that could happen to them (not going to explain the law here)…
        Several decades ago, the husband of the owner of my favorite restaurant was depressed because he was getting audited — and he was one of those who, back then were part of the Fiat Money movement and so he could have gotten jail time. His wife asked if I could help him — I gave him simple advice while finishing my coffee … she forced him to follow it … so he did… when they finished, he paid less than he honestly owed, there were no criminal charges, and he took a small part of what he had expected to be legal fees and paid cash for a beautiful top of the line pick-up truck — on the front he had painted in equally beautiful letters “IRS Special” …
        Needless to say, I never had to pay for a meal again.

    2. idamag August 24, 2016

      I wonder if he knew hitler was going to make Germany Great Again.

      1. Shreknangst August 24, 2016

        Supposedly TRUMP read the speeches and I’d assume Mein Kampf also. So he would have known that was Hitler’s objective.
        It might have worked if England had not started the war or used Poland as a surrogate to instigate it.
        USA (Ford, IBM & Prescott Bush, plus others) made a significant profit providing Hitler with everything he needed (while also providing Britain with military supplies) … until Japan forced the issue.
        So everyone involved on the British side wanted the war — even the British colonies had an excuse for promoting Britain involvement in a conflict.
        But THE DONALD has done a good job of promoting the lesser of the possible prophecy evils…

      2. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

        NOW YOU DID IT!! You just revealed where he got the idea to use that slogan.

  5. Katstiles August 24, 2016

    Just think of all the sheep donating to Trump’s campaign. Meanwhile, he’s shoveling all that cash right back into his own pocket!

    1. dpaano August 24, 2016

      That’s how Trump rolls……

  6. dpaano August 24, 2016

    Of course they purchased his book…..no one else will buy it! As for royalties, I hope the RNC keeps a CLOSE watch on where those go because I can pretty much guarantee you that Trump will figure out a way to get his grimy little hands on the money!

    1. FireBaron August 25, 2016

      Not the RNC, but the Federal Election Commission and the IRS will have to do so.

    2. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

      The only objective the RNC has is to watchdog over the Democrats and
      file bogus charges toward their leaders.. to do any such thing with
      their own kind, whether they hate him or not, would be conservative

  7. jmprint August 24, 2016

    So Trump is buying his followers with freebies.

    1. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

      You don’t have to buy ignorant redneck hicks.. Whole families used to go to hangings just to have something to do then bring their own vittles for that after hanging picnic get together.

      1. jmprint September 2, 2016

        You mean the takers, them there are takers ya know.

        1. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

          I’m sure there’s takers everywhere especially among the 1%’ers but what I meant was you don’t have to pay ignorance when you can just as easily manipulate them with things they wanna hear spoken in short syllables that they can understand.

  8. Bonissima91910 August 24, 2016

    And wait, wait!! First he files his expenses with the RNC for campaign expenditures reimbursement which includes the purchase(???) of the books, this will be yet another one of his reimbursable “legal” business expenses; And then when he files his Federal tax return he will file it again as a “Business Expense” for the “purchase” of the books that he gave out to his followers “as the book contains lessons on how to be successful” (business terminology ???); It will be a round paybak to himself from the RNC campaign funds,and then again to the IRS resulting that he does it again to the American Tax payer. In the past it has been his bankruptcies, similar circular scrxxxxg of the American taxpayer.
    And I wonder how much he is squizzing out of the publisher, if he even is paying pennies to the dollar. And how long he will delay the payment until the publisher goes bankrupt himself for having trusted the proposition from Trump. And we are not even talking royalties here. Let’s see how dumb the RNC is? And how the FEC succumbs to the deals.

    1. FireBaron August 25, 2016

      Don’t forget, he is now billing his campaign for use of the office in Trump Towers. He charges his campaign for overnight stays in the resorts he owns in suites reserved for his use alone. I have not yet seen if he also bills the campaign for “renting” his plane to fly him to these campaign events, but I am sure he does.

  9. OverthecliffRepublicans August 24, 2016

    Convict Trump for his scampaign.
    Lock him Up!

  10. Jon August 24, 2016

    Is it really true that Trump will order States to refuse to issue marriage licenses until the couple presents proof that they have purchased and read “The Art of The Deal” or is that him being sarcastic?

  11. A. D. Reed August 24, 2016

    “Trump’s team had no comment” about whether he’ll receive royalties from the books. It’s illegal to pay him royalties, it’s illegal for him to accept the royalties, but they have “no comment” about whether or not he plans to break the law.

    Is this because they’re such ignorant amateurs they have no idea that it’s against the law? Is it because they don’t have any lawyers on their team with experience in campaign finance and spending law? Or is it that they’re just waiting until the Donald makes his own decision regardless of the law, and then they’ll A) lie about it; B) deny he did it; C) admit he did it but claim it’s not against the law; D) deny he did it but shout that the law should be changed and “he’s thinking about it”; E) give a different answer every day for a week and claim the publisher is responsible for business matters and they have no control over the “fact” that the publisher refuses to open his books to the media because the press will distort whatever he says.

    And in the end, Donald will take the royalties, keep them, and lie about it.

    1. Jmz Nesky September 2, 2016

      Wow! That was profound.. I think you know the wanker quite well.. is the Turnup that next door neighbor who keeps borrowing your lawn mower but never returns it clean?

      1. A. D. Reed September 2, 2016

        Actually, he’s the neighbor who borrows the lawn mower, doesn’t return it at all, claims he still needs to use it, then that he’s having it cleaned and serviced, then that it’s still at the shop, then wants money from you to “pay him back” for the cost of repairing it, then, when he gets the money, denies he ever borrowed it in the first place.

  12. idamag August 24, 2016

    And “Trump and Brietbart is who the Republican Party is” calls Hillary crooked.

  13. I of John August 25, 2016

    This man no ethics or common sense.


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