Rep Schweikert to Obama: Halt Taxpayer-Funded Book Purchases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

REP. SCHWEIKERT ASKS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO HALT TAXPAYER-FUNDED BOOK PURCHASES 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to President Obama. The letter cites some concerns Rep. Schweikert has over the use of taxpayer dollars spent to purchase copies of President Obama’s books. A copy of the letter is attached:

In a letter to the White House, Rep. Schweikert calls on President Obama and his Administration to cease purchasing copies of his books using taxpayer money, and asks for him to remit any royalty payments he may have received to the Treasury Department.

“At a time of record deficits and a heightened need to cut government spending, it is clear that spending taxpayer money in this manner is inappropriate,” said Rep. Schweikert.

A copy of the letter is below:

October 31, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 

Dear Mr. President: 

The Associated Press recently reported that the State Department purchased more than $70,000 worth of your books to stock libraries and distribute as Christmas presents. 

Copies of Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and Of Thee I Sing were handed out from U.S. Embassies worldwide to, as your Administration has claimed, ‘help broker talks on important foreign-policy matters.’ 

At a time of record deficits and a heightened need to cut government spending, it is clear that spending taxpayer money in this manner is inappropriate. 

Furthermore, as with any book deal, there is no doubt some level of royalties paid to you for each copy purchased by the government. Receiving royalties from government purchases of your book is exactly the type of out-of-touch Washington behavior that the American people are weary of and will no longer tolerate. 

We request that you instruct all agencies to no longer purchase copies of your books and remit a payment to the Treasury Department for any royalties received as a result of these sales. 

Whether this has been done in the past or not, it should be stopped immediately. Doing so will help to restore the integrity of the Office of the Presidency and assure taxpayers that the government cannot be exploited for the personal gain of elected officials. 

Thank you for your attention and response to this critical matter. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

Rep. David Schweikert

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Comments

  1. It’s going to take more than obama giving up money and stopping purchasing his own books with taxpayer money to restore integrity the office of the presidency. He most likely will ignore the request, anyway. What Americans have seen, he does what he wants and apparently, Republicans (and a few democrats) are too namby-pamby to pursue him and tie him down. Meanwhile, the taxpayers pay and pay. Where’s the Idaho militia when you need them?

  2. Joseph Lassiter says

    The cost of the book is not so imortant as the subversive content. Do we want that drivel expounded to the world as representative of america?

  3. canadianlady2 says

    $70K on books? That’s pretty bad, but what’s even worse are the lavish parties and vacations.

  4. Here is a man after my own heart. I just wish he were my Congressman.
    Thanks for telling BHO about the royalties. I just wish that he had told him to write a check for the full amount he received to the IRS to help out with the debt.

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