Gov. Cuomo’s memoir doesn’t hit bookstores until August but he’s already reaping the fiscal rewards.
Cuomo’s 2013 tax return – which was made available to reporters Tuesday afternoon - shows he received $188,333 from the first installment of his book advance. The advance boosted his adjusted gross income to $358,448, nearly double the amount of the previous year. The governor also paid $35,127 in legal fees related to the book.
The 384 page book, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life,” is scheduled to be released Aug 5. Administration officials declined to say how many more advances the governor would receive from publisher HarperCollins.
Guess who owns the publisher which is putting Cuomo's memoir out and paying him so much cash for it?
You guessed it - Andy's old pal, Rupert Murdoch.
A vanity project for sure, meant to pay Cuomo back for his corporate-friendly policies with some cash and some p.r.
Cuomo's not the first politician to get paid cash for a book that no one's going to read or buy.
And $188,000+ is nowhere near a record for an advance to a politician for a book.
But it still raises my bullshit meter because I can't imagine HarperCollins sells many of Sheriff Andy's memoir.