The Republican National Committee spent $94,800 on copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s book, “Triggered,” according to new filings with the Federal Elections Commission.
On Oct. 29, a week before the release of Trump Jr.’s book, the RNC paid that amount to the bookseller website Books A Million. The expenditure was listed as being for “donor mementos,” according to the FEC filing. Representatives for the RNC did not respond to a request for comment from The Wrap, but a spokesperson confirmed to the New York Times’ Nick Confessore that the $94,800 was spent to promote Trump Jr.’s book.
Since its publication, “Triggered” has topped the New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list for two weeks. The caveat, however, is that a significant portion of the book’s sales were driven by “institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases.”
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Earlier this month, on the day of the book’s release, the RNC launched a fundraising campaign to give out signed copies of Trump Jr.’s book to anyone who donated $50 or more to the committee.
In a statement to Page Six last week, an RNC spokesperson denied that it made “a large bulk purchase” and was instead “ordering copies to keep up with demand.” The RNC also announced on Tuesday that it had raised more than $500,000 from the campaign.
As of Thursday, “Triggered” is on sale via Books A Million for $23.09. At that price, the RNC would’ve been able to purchase about 4,105 copies of Trump Jr.’s book. To get on the NYT best-seller list, a book must sell at least 5,000 copies in a week, according to the book marketing and consulting company Scribe.