New York's Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo will take home over $5 million for his book deal with Penguin Random House. I know, it's disgusting, right?
The disgraced failed mayor of New York, who gained popularity for his nursing home disaster and inappropriate behavior towards women, was already paid $3.12 million from the publisher, according to tax returns he released.
And what's his book about? It's literally a pandemic memoir called "American Crisis" - I kid you not.
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To get Cuomo over the $5 million mark, the publisher agreed to pay him an extra $2 million over the next few years, per report.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was paid $3.12 million by Penguin Random House for his pandemic memoir, "American Crisis," according to tax returns he released on Monday. And he’s due to be paid an additional $2 million by the publisher in the coming years.
Cuomo's financial records indicate that after taxes and expenses, his net gain from that initial payment of $3.12 million was $1.54 million. He has since donated $500,000 to the United Way of New York State to help with pandemic “recovery and vaccination efforts.”
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The remaining $1 million and change has been placed in a trust for his three daughters. They gave him “the strength and love to make it through the crisis every day,” Cuomo adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement.
I know, I am baffled too. I don't know who's hand Cuomo is shaking behind closed doors to get a book deal on the pandemic considering how many Americans think he failed the entire state, but it somehow happened.
The book sold around 50,000 copies after it was released last fall. But here's the good news - when the publisher found out Cuomo was caught up in a scandal and accusations from multiple women, the publisher stopped promoting it and won't even publish the paperback version. I suppose that means the hardback version is still available, but probably best if placed in a fireplace.
The report continued:
It’s the biggest payday reported by Cuomo since he became governor in 2011. On top of the money earned for his day job and investment income, he previously made $783,000 spaced over four years for his 2014 book "All Things Possible," which flopped.
It’s also quite likely the largest sum of money from a side gig ever earned by a governor in a state where past chief executives have had names like Rockefeller and Lehman. And it’s also in the ballpark of the total of outside income reported by all 213 state legislators combined in calendar year 2019 — they don’t have to report exact amounts on their disclosure forms, but made somewhere between $3.5 million and $5.8 million.
To make this even more "do as I say, not as I do" Cuomo allegedly shamed the concept of politicians making money on the side.
"No outside income — period. Period,” he said when asked during a 2018 debate about what he would push for in his third term to solve Albany’s corruption problem. “That is the only way you solve the problem.”
And here is Cuomo, like a typical Democrat, not even following his own words and finding ways to become a rich politician even after he completely failed the state of New York.
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