David Kocieniewski of the New York Times gets an answer from Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s spokesman, Emile Milne, on the Ways and Means chairman’s book deal:
The Sunlight Foundation report also noted that Mr. Rangel did not list any royalties or advances he may have received from his book And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since (MacMillan 2007). Mr. Milne said Mr. Rangel received no proceeds.
The omission of the book deal was not included in our count of missing information from Rangel’s disclosures. Proceeds are money received through a sale or a loan. As noted, the omission of the book deal was not included in our count of missing information from Rangel’s disclosures.
Also, was there an agreement with the publisher for whatever share of the proceeds the author would normally get to be donated to a charity? In whose name would it have been donated? Or, in lieu of royalties, did he get extra author’s copies to distribute to friends and supporters? Did he write the book for free, or was there some other form of compensation? Of course, it’s also possible that the book didn’t sell well enough to generate royalty payments, though it did manage to eke out a spot at the bottom of the New York Times’ hard cover poli-book best seller list (which, I hasten to add, is not the same thing as the New York Times Best Seller list) two months running after its release and was reissued in paperback (usually a sign of some sales).