Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been using funds from his campaign to purchase copies of his own book, only to turn around and give them as gifts to campaign donors! How generous of him, no?
Trump has quite the scam going. He receives royalties from each sale of his book and he’s figured out a way to funnel his campaign contributions directly into his pocket. The practice is legally questionable and certainly unethical, but that never stopped Trump before; in fact that edict is what has driven Trump’s businesses for decades.
According to The Daily Beast the Trump campaign spent $55,000 and change purchasing 3,500 copies of his book, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” and 5,000 copies of “Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America.”
For Trump’s purchases to stay within the law, according to the Campaign Legal Center, the failed businessman is not allowed to accept any royalty money from books purchased with campaign funds. They said, “It’s fine for a candidate’s book to be purchased by his committee, but it’s impermissible to receive royalties from the publisher. 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.”
This scenario adds another quagmire to Trump’s campaign that has already been buried with scandals and questionable behavior. Those who stand against Trump now have another opportunity to catch him and his campaign with their hands in the cookie jar. The only question is will Trump and his campaign be short sighted enough to attempt to keep the royalty money? They’ve certainly done worse.