Senator Bernie Sanders had to release a new financial disclosure for last year, which disclosed that he made $858,000 on two books. Let that sink in a bit. While Hillary Clinton's book Stronger Together sold only 2,912 copies during its first week -- which meant it was a certifiable flop by any measure -- apparently, Sanders fans were out buying up anything he wrote. HeatStreet reports:
The disclosure provides new insight into how Sanders’ presidential campaign affected his own personal finances. It was due on May 15, but Sanders failed to file, instead seeking an extension. The book royalties were the most noteworthy new source of income Sanders reported in the election-year filings.
Most of that money, $795,000, comes from Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In, a book Sanders wrote for St. Martin’s Press. Published on Nov. 15, the book included Sanders’ account of the 2016 election. Hardcover copies sold for $27—the average amount contributed to Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Sanders also made 14 stops on a book tour to promote Our Revolution, receiving reimbursement from the publisher for airfare, ground transportation, lodging and meals, the financial disclosure says.
And that's not all. "Sanders received $63,750 in royalties for a book that hasn’t yet hit the shelves: The Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution. The book seeks to help its teenage audience “learn more about progressive causes and how to mobilize around key issues they care about,” Teen Vogue recently wrote." For all you teen Sanders fans, it'll hit the shelves on Aug. 29, 2017.
On Twitter, his fans were disappointed. One wrote, "His new book vote like a commie live like a capitalist pig." Another wrote, that Sanders "Got a $795,000 Advance For a Book Ranting About Terrible Rich People." The word "fraud" came up pretty frequently.
Looks like Bernie Sanders, who railed against the 1%, is actually a member of the 1%.
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