The Latinum, It Prints Itself

 

Or so the Hermanator™ thinks…

(h/t John Cole)

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show.

Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., Cain paid Stockbridge, Georgia-based T.H.E New Voice Inc. $36,511 for books. His campaign spent $4 million through Sept. 30, including more than $64,000 paid to his motivational speaking company for airfare, lodging and supplies, as well as the books.

Cain said the sales are in compliance with FEC rules because the campaign is paying the going rate for the material.

Bill Allison, editorial director at the Washington-based Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group that tracks political money, said the transactions deserve scrutiny.

“All candidates publish books and they offer them as premiums to donors, but most candidates aren’t buying them from their own companies,” he said. “It raises the question of his campaign contributions ending up in his own pocket.”

Candidate or performance artist – getting harder to tell.  Either way, he seems to have improved on the Christine O’Donnell/Sarah Palin playbook in that the cash is making at least one stop along the way…

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