The Capital Times: Questions remain about Scott Walker's 'Unintimidated' book deal


It's not unusual for a campaign to give away copies of the candidate's book to donors. The FEC has addressed a variety of issues related to such scenarios, said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. He added that federal law prohibits a candidate from converting campaign funds into his or her own personal use. ...

One Wisconsin Now argues the same standard should apply to sales of Walker's book through his campaign. The group noted that a July finance report filed by Friends of Scott Walker lists two payments of about $49,000 each to Penguin Random House in May and June. Our American Revival, which has also given away copies of the book, doesn't list any book purchases on its IRS report. If books were donated to the committee to be given away to supporters, they should be listed as in-kind donations, Ryan said.

The bottom line is, it's above-board for Walker's campaign to sell copies of his book as long as Walker doesn't receive royalties from those sales. That could be achieved through a deal between the publisher and the campaign to determine that books purchased or sold by the campaign don't contribute to Walker's royalties agreement, Ryan said.

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