Trump used $300,000 of small donor money to buy copies of his book
He’s more concerned about his own business interests than being a public servant.
The Republican nominee directed $300,000 of small donors’ money to the publisher of his bestselling business book “The Art of the Deal” in the past month, according to a Monday Huffington Post review of the Trump Make America Great Again Committee’s most recent FEC report.
Trump has made a habit of funneling campaign money to his own businesses, spending tens of thousands to hold events at his properties and jacking up the monthly rent of his Trump Tower campaign headquarters once he started accepting funds from donors.
The Oct. 15 FEC filing lists three entries paid to Penguin/Random House for “Collateral: Books”; one for $91,866 on August 30, one for $98,975 on September 1, and one on $98,975 on September 22, HuffPo reported. The publishing house has printed five Trump books including “How To Get Rich” and “Think Like A Billionaire.”
While the title isn’t specified in the October filing, a promotional offer on the committee’s website indicates that the campaign is purchasing copies of Trump’s ode to deal-making.
“I’ve signed an out-of-print, hardcover copy of ‘The Art of the Deal’ just for you, because I want you on board with Team Trump!” Trump wrote in an August 2 fundraising email that offered the book for a minimum donation of $184. As HuffPo noted, the book is not actually out-of-print.