Ted Cruz’s campaign may have spent $150,000 on copies of his book

Following One Vote Away’s publication, the Republican senator’s campaign spent large sums of money at US chain Books-A-Million

Ted Cruz’s campaign spent more than $150,000 at US book chain Books-A-Million in the months after the Texas senator’s book was published, Forbes has reported.

Cruz, who was prominent among the Republicans trying to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election, published One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History in September. A financial disclosure he filed on Monday, reported on by Forbes, shows he received almost $320,000 as an advance in 2020 from the book’s publisher Regnery Publishing.

“With a simple majority on the Supreme Court, the left will have the power to curtail or even abolish the freedoms that have made our country a beacon to the world. We are one vote away from losing the Republic that the Founders handed down to us. Our most precious constitutional rights hang by a thread,” says Regnery of the title. “In One Vote Away, you will discover how often the high court decisions that affect your life have been decided by just one vote.”

The end-of-year report from Cruz’s committee, filed with the Federal Election Commission, reveals that two weeks after One Vote Away was published, his campaign spent $40,000 at Books-A-Million. Shortly afterwards, it spent a further $1,500, and in December, another $111,900. All of the purchases are described by the campaign as “books”, and Forbes speculated that they may have been used to boost his book sales, quoting Brett Kappel, a lawyer specialising in campaign finance, who said that “the FEC has issued a long series of advisory opinions allowing members to use campaign funds to buy copies of their own books at a discount from the publisher, provided that the royalties they would normally receive on those sales are given to charity”.

Forbes previously reported what three other US senators had made from book deals in 2020: Elizabeth Warren earned $278,000, Tom Cotton $202,000, and Tammy Duckworth $382,000. All three used campaign funds to buy books, but Forbes said that their purchases were all under $20,000.

A spokesperson for Cruz’s campaign told the magazine that the senator “has not received one cent of royalties in connection with any One Vote Away book sales”, but declined to reveal which books the campaign had spent more than $150,000 on.

When Donald Trump Jr published Triggered in 2019, it made the New York Times bestseller list, but the newspaper’s charts included a dagger beside the book to indicate that “some retailers report receiving bulk orders”. The Republican National Committee denied making bulk orders at the time, and Trump Jr was angered by the suggestion that his sales had been artificially boosted, retweeting Republican strategist Andrew Surabian’s claim that “Don did multiple book signings where he sold 1,000+ books apiece. BookScan data will show he sold more books than the #2 and #3 books combined. Media/Dems want to pretend otherwise, but he was #1 on merit.”


Alison Flood

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Richard Linklater makes anti-Ted Cruz campaign TV spot
Boyhood director’s ad issues riposte to ‘Tough as Texas’ senator in run-up to US midterm elections

Andrew Pulver

09, Oct, 2018 @10:04 AM

Article image
Michelle Obama memoir tops US book charts – with nine copies sold per second
The former first lady’s autobiography has been warmly reviewed and is No 2 in the UK charts – outsold only by David Walliams

Alison Flood

20, Nov, 2018 @5:02 PM

Article image
Author loses spot in Top 10 after buying 400 copies of his own book
Mark Dawson’s purchase pushed his thriller The Cleaner up the Sunday Times chart, but the sales monitor Nielsen has now revised its figures

Alison Flood

22, Jul, 2020 @11:24 AM

Article image
Leslie Jones accuses Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulos book deal
Ghostbusters star says publisher is helping figures including the ‘alt-right’ Breitbart News commentator to ‘spread hate’

Sian Cain

03, Jan, 2017 @12:13 PM

Article image
John Bolton's bad reviews don't stop him topping US book charts
The Room Where It Happened, due out later this month if attempts to block publication fail, has received stinging early notices but is already Amazon’s No 1

Alison Flood

18, Jun, 2020 @11:54 AM

Article image
Thousands of supporters join staff at Mike Pence’s publisher in campaign against book deal
Petition signed by more than 200 Simon & Schuster employees delivered to publishing house also calls for end to deals with members of Trump administration

Alison Flood

27, Apr, 2021 @1:55 PM

Article image
Fire and Fury flies off shelves, with publisher rushing to print 1m copies
Michael Wolff’s headline-grabbing exposé of the US president’s administration has been selling out on both sides of the Atlantic in its first days on sale

Alison Flood

09, Jan, 2018 @1:45 PM

Article image
Richard Dawkins to give away copies of The God Delusion in Islamic countries
Author and the Centre for Inquiry planning free ebook versions of his books in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Indonesian following a ‘stirring towards atheism’ in some Islamic countries

Alison Flood

20, Mar, 2018 @12:19 PM

Article image
Secret Garden colouring-in book sells 3m copies in China
Bestseller in global craze for adult versions of children’s favourites scores dazzling success in the People’s Republic

Alison Flood

27, Aug, 2015 @10:27 AM

Article image
Willie Nelson lends power of his legend to Beto O’Rourke on Texas stage
Nelson holds Austin concert in support of the Democratic candidate who is trying to unseat Ted Cruz from his Senate seat

Ed Pilkington in Austin, Texas

30, Sep, 2018 @1:23 PM