Donald Trump Received $5.75 Million In Royalties For A Book That Largely Features Photos In The Public Domain

‘Our Journey Together’ showcases photos by Trump’s official White House photographer and were available for anyone to use.

Then-White House chief photographer Shealah Craighead (center) takes pictures of President Donald Trump and Slovak Republic Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini during their meeting in the Oval Office on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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onald Trump received $5.75 million in royalties over the past 18 months for “Our Journey Together,” a coffee-table book of photos from his presidency. The former president used a private family company to publish a work of mostly taxpayer-subsidized material, then boosted sales with donor funds.
In a
financial disclosure
filed last week, Trump reported $5.75 million in royalties in connection with a publishing agreement for “A MAGA Journey.”
That title was the initial name for “Our Journey Together,” which showcases photos by Trump’s official White House photographer and were already in the public domain and available for anyone to use. The former president added his own captions.
A spokesperson for his publisher, a company cofounded by Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign staffer named Sergio Gor, said “Our Journey Together” sold more than 500,000 copies. The representative refused to provide documentation to back up that figure, which
Forbes
was unable to independently verify. NPD BookScan, an industry data service, tracked 10,200 sales at retailers through January 2023. NPD BookScan doesn’t track purchases directly from
a book’s website
, though, which appears to have been a major sales avenue for “Our Journey Together.” The book originally sold for $75, with signed copies going for $230.
Trump’s political operation did its part to boost sales. In 2022, the former president’s joint fundraising committee and political action committee

Source: Forbes