Election 2016

Trump’s Campaign is Buying Up Copies of His Own Book

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This is not necessarily illegal, but it could be.

That describes most of the Trump campaign.

Trump's most recent FEC disclosure revealed that Trump has used campaign funds to buy over 5,000 copies of his latest book. And while it's fairly normal for think tanks and non-profits to buy copies of a book in bulk, a practice that has boosted many stinkers onto the best-seller list, it's not normal for a campaign to buy mass quantities of a book sold under the nominee's name.

A spokesperson for the Republican nominee told The Daily Beast the books were purchased “as part of gifting at the convention, which we have to do.” Sure enough, delegates in attendance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July were given canvas tote bags, stamped with the Trump slogan, and filled with copies of Crippled America, as well as Kleenex and Make America Great Again! cups, hats, and T-shirts. Delegates were also given plastic fetus figurines.

For this to be legal, Trump must forgo all royalties from sales of the book purchased by his campaign.

It remains to be seen if he'll do that, but this is barely even a fly on the tip of the iceberg of Trump's grifting operation. Trump's campaign is renting and using Trump properties, Trump services, and Trump vendors. The entire campaign is funneling money toward his business entities. Trump's campaign has even paid out hefty sums to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Miami. How can we believe that he is not pocketing any of that? Is that even possible?

It could be years before we know the full extent of Trump's scampaign.

  • Those weren’t plastic fetus figurines. They were nude Trump figurines.

  • Aynwrong

    Once again, why would a billionaire even bother?

  • If I was the IRS I would be taking copious notes for an audit that I would have already scheduled next April.

  • Draxiar

    If anyone, even now, is undecided between Clinton and Drumpf please have your head examined.

  • muselet


    Executives, celebrities, and politicians have long purchased copies of their books in bulk; many publishers even get high-profile authors to agree to buy a certain number of copies before a contract for the book is even signed. But Trump’s arrangement appears to be very different. Ben Bruton, who has worked in publishing public relations for 25 years, called the way in which the books were bought “suspicious.”

    “What any author that I know would most likely do is go to the publisher and say, ‘I want a bunch of these in the goody bag.’ [The author would] come to the publisher and say he needed books for a charity or an event, and we would donate 500 all the time. And we’ll sell more to you at a 40 percent discount,“ said Bruton.

    “The red flag, I think, would be that they’re trying to get back on The [New York] Times Best Sellers list, or they’re trying to buy them at retail for royalties.”

    Bruton said Trump’s sales would only count toward best-seller lists if he purchased them from a brick-and-mortar store like Barnes & Noble.

    Donald Trump is trying to bulk-purchase his way onto the Best Sellers list while also pocketing campaign funds. And he dares to call Hillary Clinton “crooked”?


    • ninjaf

      Another classic example of Republican projection.

    • Victor the Crab

      Yes he does, and he gets away with it, because there are stupid people out there that want to believe Clinton is crooked because…

  • Wildson

    Grifters gotta grift…

  • Victor the Crab


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