According to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission, the Republican National Committee spent almost $100,000 on bulk purchases of Donald Trump, Jr.’s book “Triggered” as part of an incentive scheme for Republican donors.
The filing shows the Republican National Committee spending $94,800 at the bookstore “Books-A-Million” for “donor mementos,” on Oct. 29 a few days before Trump’s book was released on Nov. 5.
At the Books-A-Million retail price for “Triggered” of $30.00, that would be about 3,160 copies of the book.
Mike Reed, an RNC spokesman, explained to The New York Times that the expenditure at Books-A-Million had gone toward copies of Trump’s book.
“The book has been hugely popular,” he said, noting that the RNC had made additional purchases of the book in November.
Last week, another RNC spokesman, Steve Guest, said in a statement to the Associated Press the book had been purchased as a fundraising incentive for donors, but that the book was bought “to keep up with demand” instead of a “large bulk purchase.”
When asked about the single large expenditure on books, Reed told the Times that the RNC stood by its previous statement.
Trump’s book has been in the top spot on The New York Times bestseller list for “combined print and e-book nonfiction” for two weeks, a fact that Trump’s father, President Donald Trump, has highlighted.
The book’s position on the bestseller list had been caveated with a dagger symbol, which meant that some of the book’s sales were bulk purchases, according to the Associated Press. Bulk purchases sometimes indicate that the author himself or someone associated with him bought a large number of copies.
Trump retweeted posts from conservative reporter Ryan Saavedra and Trump campaign adviser and partner Kimberly Guilfoyle about the book that argued the book could have been a bestseller even without the RNC’s purchases.
“This book and its author are something special,” Guilfoyle wrote.