Monday, April 19, 2021

Mystery Solved: Republican Book-Buying Scheme Boosts Bestseller Lists

When I read that Ted Cruz's latest book was a on the way to becoming a bestseller, I knew something wasn't right.

How many times have we heard Cruz say anything that makes sense or is noteworthy in his infamous career?

A government watchdog organization, the Campaign Legal Center, filed complaints last week with the Federal Election Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee about the manner in which Cruz's campaign aides went about bulk buying and promoting his book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Can Change History."

The group said Cruz's campaign committee effectively converted campaign contributions to Cruz's personal enrichment, an illegal practice.

It turns out that Republican lawmakers have made a habit of bulk buying their own books as a way to earn outside income. This has been going on for years.

Apparently these lawmakers believe they aren't being paid enough and need to make more money by abusing their positions.

Members of Congress are forbidden from earning more than $29,595 in income beyond their federal salaries.

How are they getting away with this abuse?

Simple. Book advances and royalties are specifically exempted from these limits.

Obviously, this deceitful practice needs to change.

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