How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

Tyler Durden's picture

Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but, as International Business Times' Lydia O'Neal reports, the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat - payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the New York State executive branch, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees.

The New York governor, whose memoir was published by the News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in 2014, saw his gross income more than double last year, to $417,748 for 2016 (from $196,243 the year before), the Buffalo News reported Tuesday. Cuomo attributed $218,100 of that increase to sales of his memoir, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Successes in Politics and Life.”

In 2015, the governor reportedly earned zero income from book sales and in the nearly three years that it's been on the market, it has sold just 3,200 copies. But Cuomo, the Buffalo News found, reported that he received a total of $783,000 from HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years,  a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy.

Today, the book was selling on Amazon for $8.45.


A spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo told International Business Times, “This payment was contractual and per the agreement with the publisher.” A spokesperson from HarperCollins said the publisher does not “comment on financial matters relating to our books.” News Corp. did not respond to IBT requests for comment.

News Corp., in the meantime, was registered as a lobbying client as recently as December 2016, according to the New York State government lobbying database. The mass media company, created and headed by Executive Chairman and former CEO Rupert Murdoch, has a long history of lobbying Cuomo’s office for the passage of bills beneficial to its businesses, as previously reported by IBT.

Government documents reviewed by IBTimes show that News Corp. and its subsidiary Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., through the law firm Greenberg Traurig, put tens of thousands of dollars behind efforts related to state legislation from the executive branch that affected the media industry, while paying Cuomo book royalties.

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remain calm's picture

He is best friends with crooked Hilary, she gave him the recipe to criminality

DownWithYogaPants's picture

However that was all paid in ButtCoin and AssPennies.

jeff montanye's picture

guilt by association, by jeff gates, explains the elaborate zionist run national political candidate vetting process using a combination of carrot money and opposing candidate sticks.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Welcome... To the Clinton Crime Family Foundation - Cuomo subsidiary.

wee-weed up's picture



Yep, just like Obozo's & Hitlery's & her husband Slick's books...

99.99% lies, but the Lib MSM and publishers gush & orgasm all over them...

In hopes of their making SOME money.

Because the reality is that they all quickly end up worthless in the remainder bin.

JRobby's picture

Non-GAAP accounting again

beemasters's picture

Bribery Laundering, where stubborn corruption stains will be removed.

CryptBrain's picture

Duh!  Just ask his brother at CNN.

I'm sure he has a perfectly good explanation.

macholatte's picture


Money Laundering 101
- Speaking fees
- Book Deals


cheka's picture

again.  ron paul was right.

end the fed

the nyc corksuckers are sucking us dry

end/takeover the fed and install import tariff.  anything less and the slide to zog hell will remain unchecked

Stuck on Zero's picture

I'm sure the big royalties were for the movie rights. You know ... Leonardo DiCaprio plays Mario Cuomo.

rtb61's picture

I think you misunderstand. The know the books will not make a cent, in fact they will lose money hand over fist, basically they are paying bribes. Bribery paid as book advances, bullshit speeches, consultancy fees, empty way overpaid directorships in companies, right in your face bribery.

cheka's picture

just one of many.  but they all share the same wellspring -- frbny

wee-weed up's picture



Ah, but I said...

"In hopes of their making SOME money."

I did not say they would make ANY money!

Actually, I agree with you...

It's all a huge scam.

Never One Roach's picture

"All things are possbile..." in the Democrat world of vice and corruption.

Bigly's picture

Harper was made an offer they could not refuse 


Family that dumb and ugly MUST BE CONNECTED...

PlayMoney's picture

It's either buying of a politician or paying back of a politician. Nothing new here.....move along.

Dorado's picture

If possible someone should be looking at this level of detail for all of them from HRC to Trump.

izzee's picture

just wait until we find out how many copies the forthcoming Mr and Mrs O books ($60M) actually sell...

OH Wait --- 'dats Classified.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) izzee Apr 23, 2017 7:49 PM

.05 cents a pound for the paper to convert the books to pulp and into a useful item: TP.

Lumberjack's picture

Cuomo makes $7k a month....

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Lumberjack Apr 23, 2017 8:00 PM

What else would you do with a bunch of junk books that no one wants to buy or read?

cbxer55's picture

Tear the pages out and use em to wipe your ass. That's about all this particular book is worth. Not even good enough to line a bird cage or kitty litter box.

tnquake's picture

If I use 2 pages at once, is it considered double ply?

Feeling green today, I wonder if they used recycled paper?

Withnail's picture

If they're all e-book purchases, you could just download all those ebooks onto one big flash drive and 

then toss it out after the payment was made. No storage problems. 

Erudite Redneck's picture

Public corruption: submit an FBI Tip online or call the FBI Local Corruption Hotline

The O is being paid back now for all the favors he dilivered on in the last 8 years.

Socratic Dog's picture

He goes cheap.

At that rate he'd suck my dick for a quarter.

thelastword's picture

I always suspected these book deals were a way to pay off people.  For example Obama and Clinton.

uno's picture

Goldman Sachs had a warehouse of the Clinton books they gave away.

CNONC's picture

And old as the Hills.  Remember Speaker Jim Wright in the mid 80s?  His book sometimes had one word per page.

Normalcy Bias's picture

...and don't forget the 'Speaking Fees.' Those couldn't be a more transparent payoff...

Raffie's picture

So having him jailed for 4 lifetime terms is POSSIBLE?

I can see this would be an interesting book.

booboo's picture

Sons of Douche Bags got to make a livin too

Chippewa Partners's picture

Ever smell stagnant swamp water?

Lumberjack's picture

In a million years it will become a coal bed.

JLee2027's picture

Buried and under pressure from all that hot air, might reduce it to a few weeks.

NoPension's picture

He will do time for this obvious manufactured payoff.

He will share a cell with the Governor Corzine.

Illinois Governors must be the dumbest fucks in history. 4 of the last seven ended up in jail.

Giant Meteor's picture

Their big mistake was not being governors in NY  .. or NJ, 

jeff montanye's picture

i'm starting to believe the times may be changing.

i wish most of the eventual progress didn't have to be by the current owners blowing up the global financial system or nearabouts as they can manage.

whatamaroon's picture

Pocket change to pay off a politiCon