Cuomo raked in the millions as elderly people died and his aides fudged the death numbers to make him look good. Oh, he only sold 50,000 copies, too.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax returns he released on Monday show he sold the rights to his COVID memoir for over $5 million.
$5 million for a book that only sold around 50,000 copies.
American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic came out in mid-October with the virus still going strong in the state.
Crown Publishing gave Cuomo the contract despite investigations into his nursing home mandate at the beginning of the pandemic.
The publisher paid Cuomo $3.12 million in 2020. It will give him “an additional $2 million” in the next few 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.”
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.
Crown Publishing announced in March it would stop promoting Cuomo’s book due to the scandals:
Sales of the book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” had already slowed severely as the governor found himself embroiled in overlapping crises of his own making, including a drumbeat of accusations about his inappropriate behavior toward younger women and his aides’ manipulation of nursing home data.
Gillian Blake of Crown Publishing Group said in response to an email from The New York Times that there were “no plans” to reprint Mr. Cuomo’s book or to reissue it in paperback, citing “the ongoing investigation into N.Y.S. reporting of Covid-related fatalities in nursing homes.”
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gave Attorney General Tish James permission to investigate the book deal:
But it’s now Cuomo’s outside income that has come under widespread scrutiny. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has given Attorney General Tish James the authority to investigate allegations about the book deal, including the possibility that he used taxpayer resources to write it. The book deal is also one of the many subjects being examined by the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee as it decides whether an attempt to impeach Cuomo is warranted, and it seems the Joint Commission on Public Ethics may have taken an interest in investigating it.
In addition to the book money, Cuomo reported about $218,000 in earnings from his day job in 2020. He also reported $428,429 in capital gains, largely from his blind trust with AMG National Trust Bank.
He paid a total of $1.24 million in federal taxes and $303,300 in state taxes.
Cuomo faces more criticism from people on the left and right, including legislators who want him to resign and accused him of sexual harassment. Fox News’s Janice Dean pointed out the Son of Sam law.
A Son of Sam law: “any law designed to keep criminals from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, often by selling their stories to publishers. Such laws often authorize the state to seize money earned from deals and use it to compensate the criminal's victims.”
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 17, 2021
Assemblyman Ron Kim, the lead-off hitter in the scores of lawmakers calling for Cuomo resignation:
"…Every member of this administration who contributed to falsifying life and death data should be held criminally responsible for defrauding the public." https://t.co/ZvCbhQg3tP
— Joe Mahoney (@TipMahoney) May 17, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Boylan Calls Out @NYGovCuomo for Abuse of Power in $5.1 Million Book Deal.
TL;DR: Andrew Cuomo is the American Crisis. He must resign or be impeached.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) May 17, 2021
Every single dollar that Gov. Cuomo made from his book deal should be donated to a charity that benefits front-line workers and the families of those who lost loved ones during the pandemic.
— Rob Ortt (@SenatorOrtt) May 17, 2021
Andrew Cuomo’s decision to publish a self-promotional book during the deadliest public-health crisis of our lifetimes was wrong in both principle and process
Today we learned he had at least five million reasons to portray his ‘leadership’ in the best possible light. pic.twitter.com/aDmhPQaxGz
— Will Barclay (@WillABarclay) May 17, 2021
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