The Republican National Committee continues to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for copies of the latest book by Fox News personality Sean Hannity, which was published in August These efforts have helped boost the book up bestseller lists, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings. This week the RNC reported $492,308 in expenditures on “donor mementos” at book retailers, all of it spent on Sept. 16.
While the RNC did not send Salon the data it originally promised, evidence suggests that all of the $492,308 in expenditures went to Hannity’s book. Combined with August receipts, it is possible that the RNC has spent more than $900,000 on Hannity’s book over the last three months. Outside of Hannity and Donald Trump Jr.’s recent book, “Liberal Privilege,” the RNC has not recently promoted any other such deals.
The book hit #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in August and topped several categories on Amazon.
Very excited to see @SeanHannity’s long awaited new book, ‘Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink’ which will be released on Tuesday, August 4th. Sean is a Great American Patriot. Make sure to get your copy today! https://t.co/XNci6lJ96v
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
“The RNC appears to be personally enriching [Sean] Hannity while he dedicates airtime to promoting Trump.”
The committee reported $492,308 in “donor mementos” from book retailers spent on Sept. 16 alone to the Federal Elections Commission.https://t.co/cIu7IDSVBe
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 23, 2020
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) October 23, 2020