Senators may have reputations to some as being inexhaustible windbags but they sure like to write too.
Personal financial disclosures released today reveal numerous Senators with book contracts or royalties.
- - Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) - The son of a noted politician has a publishing agreement with Emmis Books to write a book on fatherhood, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.
- - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) - Boxer has two book publishing agreements from 2004 and 2007 with Chronicle Books LLC of San Francisco.
- - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) - Brown has an agreement from 2000 with New Press to donate all royalties to charities that he makes from a book about trade policy, as well an agreement to receive 10% royalties from Kent State University Press for a book called "Congress from the Inside."
- - Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) - Brownback has an agreement to receive $75,000 in advance from W Publishing Group for a manuscript title "From Power to Purpose."
- - Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) - The Senate's oldest member received $10,000 in book income from Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.
- - Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) - DeMint listed $5,000 in royalty from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, and a $42,500 book advance from B&H Publishers.
- - Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) - The North Dakota senator has a $120,000 advance agreement from the William Morris Agency for the title, "Reckless! How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America."
- - Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) - The wealthy senator donated $22,544 in book royalties to charity.
- - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) - The Minnesota senator had royalties of $319 from Waveland Press.
- - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) - Kennedy was the clear winner in the royalty race, pulling down $2 million for his autobiography.
- - Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) - The former vice presidential nominee has two book deals in the works.
- - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) - The former presidential candidate's report puzzlingly suggests he earned royalties of only $20,539, which he donated to charity. Other books are underway. McCain splits royalties with his co-author Mark Salter, and the report lists no royalites from three of his five books in print.
- - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) - Menendez has one book contract with a $50,000 advance, to be split with his co-author. A second with Sterling Lord Literistic gives his co-author the entire $50,000 advance, plus 100% of any additional proceeds up to $50,000, with a 50-50% author/co-author split after that.
- - Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) - She has an agreement for two books that also promises 50% of the royalties.
- - Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) - The Senate majority leader earned $135,903 in book royalties, which he donated to charity.
- - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) - Schumer has an agreement to publish a book and reported receiving an advance in an earlier report.
- - Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) - The former Republican reported $20,000 in royalties.
But senators didn't receive royalties only from writing books. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) continued to supplement his Senate income with royalties from writing songs, having 19 separate royalty agreements involving his tunes. His total haul was $8,369. That makes him far more lucky than the lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig, that represented him in an unspecified number of those transactions. His agreement with them is to pay a relatively stingy 5% representation fee.read more ...