Boebert Explores Novel Methods Of Book Grifting

Lauren Boebert’s book.

As everybody knows, politicians like to write books–or at least have books published under their name to which they contributed enough to claim the credit. Most of those books do not go on to become best-sellers, and usually wind up in the bargain bin at Walmart within a year or two.

But as Forbes’ Zach Everson reports today, freshman GOP scandal-o-rama Rep. Lauren Boebert appears to have found a new and creative way to merge her personal and campaign interests. Otherwise known by the less flattering term grifting:

On or before May 5, Boebert’s campaign began running an ad for her new book, “My American Life,” on WinRed, the Republican’s online fundraising platform that is typically used to solicit campaign donations. While a disclaimer at the bottom says that WinRed paid for the ad, the URL includes lauren-boebert-for-congress, and the ad has an option to sign up for updates from Lauren Boebert for Congress.

WinRed regularly runs ads in which candidates offer their book in exchange for a campaign donation. In those circumstances, the Federal Election Commission requires the campaign to buy the book in a manner that won’t lead to a royalty for the author (which is typically done by purchasing directly from the publisher at a discount).

Boebert’s ad is different. It directs supporters to buy her books from retailers, like Amazon and Books-A-Million, which could theoretically lead to royalties. [Pols emphasis]

Over the summer, Boebert’s campaign reported an expenditure of over $30,000 to purchase copies of Boebert’s book My American Life for the campaign’s use–which didn’t raise alarm bells by itself, since campaigns are allowed to buy copies of a candidate’s book to use for fundraising and promotional purposes, and there are rules to make sure those transactions don’t benefit the candidate personally.

But those aren’t the books Boebert is hawking when she puts up ads directing to Amazon. Amazon is selling Boebert’s book at full retail price, and those are sales that Boebert stands to profit from. It’s a problem for Boebert, but also for the WinRed Republican online fundraising platform–who it can be argued is helping put money directly into Boebert’s pocket, not Boebert’s campaign.

If there’s anything Boebert has proven adept at in her first term in office, it’s beating the high cost of living with questionable financial opportunities afforded her as a political luminary. Whether it’s reimbursing herself for more vehicle mileage than the Earth’s circumference or using her campaign account as a short-term loan shop, Boebert has pushed the limits on financial ethics more than any Colorado politico in recent memory.

Here’s another way she’s doing so–and we’ll have to see if CD-3 voters have any limit to their tolerance.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    That picture is her book cover?  It looks like the title card for some brain dead new reality show where we watch a bunch of stupid people do over the top stupid things.

  2. Blackie says:

    Those kids should sue her for child abuse.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Amazon informs us:

    My American Life Hardcover – July 12, 2022

    by Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (Author), Senator Ted Cruz (Foreword) 

    4.5 out of 5 stars from 261 reviews.

    Best Sellers Rank: #106,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    Published by that fine imprint Bombardier — which has a bit of literary irony in the fact it was founded by someone named Adam Bellow.  Politico wrote it up this way:

    More and more, Bombardier’s stock-in-trade is in the kinds of writers who are too controversial to be worth the headache for more established presses. As Bellow told the New York Times in April of 2021, “The reaction of people on the right to the cancellation of political books is to double down, so we have lots of books to publish.”

    As the title of the imprint suggests, these books are meant to be explosive; and Bombardier seems at first blush poised to become a clearinghouse for the right’s most radical ideas. The publisher, which did not respond to a list of questions about its sales figures, fact-checking process and whether it considers any authors too controversial….

     

    • Dano says:

      Bombardier is an imprint of Press Hill, which in turn is a subsidiary of Simon & Shuster, one of the Big-5 Publishers in the US. I would not expect a response from them anytime soon, as all of the Big-5 rarely respond to such requests.

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    Tales from the Trailer Park would have been a better title.

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