Andrew Cuomo Somehow Made $783,000 By Selling 3,200 Copies of His Memoir

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) reported over $200,000 in income off book royalties in 2016, bringing his total earnings off his 2014 memoir, which sold just 3,200 copies, to $783,000, according to a Buffalo News report.

HarperCollins initially printed 200,000 copies of Cuomo's book, "All Things Possible," but nearly all of them remain on the shelves, according to book sale tracker NPD BookScan. Cuomo, already paid $565,000 for the book in 2013 and 2014, somehow brought in an additional $218,100 off the book last year, according to tax filings shown to reporters earlier this week.

The Buffalo News reports that his earnings indicate that Cuomo has made about $245 for each book sold.

In all, Cuomo has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan.

That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book.

"All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life’’ had an original list price of $29.99. New copies of the hardcover book were being sold Monday on Amazon for $13.05. […]

In 2015, he reported no income from the book. In his 2016 tax filings made public Monday, the book royalty income was listed at $218,100.

A spokesperson for Cuomo refused to tell Buffalo News reporters exactly how many copies of his book have been sold. HarperCollins also refused to provide details on the financial agreement with Cuomo that has allowed him to rack up nearly a million dollars off a book that performed so badly.

The book royalties made up for over half of Cuomo's total earnings of $417,748 in 2016.

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Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.