This expenditure was discovered when Trump’s campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission revealing the $55,055 expenditure to Barnes & Noble to artificially boost sales of Trump’s latest book.
The problem is if sales from the book has most likely wound up in Trump’s own pocket it would be tantamount to money laundering with campaign donations. An act that would clearly have broken campaign laws.
Paul Ryan (not the one you are thinking of), of the nonpartisan nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said…
“The bottom line is, no money of this $55,000 from the book can end up in Donald Trump’s pocket without violating federal law,”
The excuse for the expenditure given by the Trump spokesperson was that books were purchased as gifts for attendees at the Republican National Convention which they claim the campaign was required to do...
“Delegates in attendance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July were given canvas tote bags, stamped with the Trump slogan, and filled with copies of Crippled America, as well as Kleenex and Make America Great Again! cups, hats, and T-shirts. Delegates were also given plastic fetus figurines.”
The Republican National Committee has not respond to requests to confirm whether the claim was true or not.
Trump’s campaign refused to confirm on the record whether Trump has pocketed royalties from the sales.
The publisher of Trump's books, Simon & Schuster, did not respond to requests for comment either.
As we already know already from the FEC filing Donald Trump has spent millions of dollars in campaign money for travel on his private airline and on buildings, restaurants and golf courses he owns.