RNC Spent Nearly $100,000 In Donor Money On Copies Of Donald Trump Jr.’s Book
Donald Trump Jr.’s new book, “Triggered,” reached the top of the New York Times best-seller list this month, immediately leading to speculation that the president’s son only achieved the status due to bulk sales and promotion from his father’s Twitter account.
Though it is difficult to ascertain precisely how Trump Jr.’s book earned the prestigious position, The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Republican National Committee did in fact spend nearly $100,000 on “Triggered” the week before its release.
According to the newspaper, “a financial disclosure form filed to the Federal Election Commission showed that the R.N.C. paid $94,800 to the bookseller chain Books-A-Million on Oct. 29, a week before the book went on sale. Disclosures filed by the R.N.C. indicate that the payment was for ‘donor mementos.’”
This documentation appears to refute RNC spokesman Mike Reed’s earlier statement that the organization was purchasing the book — which it marketed to Trump supporters with an email fundraising campaign — on an order-by-order basis.
“We haven’t made a large bulk purchase, but are ordering copies to keep up with demand,” Reed said two days following the fundraising email. “Each book is sold to an individual who supports the Republican Party.”
Asked about the discrepancy, Reed said, “The book has been hugely popular,” and added that the committee “stands by our statement.”