He has now been caught spending $55000 on buying his book Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.
So did Trump take any of the royalties from this sale to himself?
Donald Trump's presidential campaign spent over $55,000 in donations purchasing copies of his own book at retail cost, which campaign finance experts say could be illegal, according to a Wednesday report.
The Daily Beast said a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing shows the Trump camp paid Barnes & Noble $55,055 on May 10.
That amount could purchase more than 3,500 hardcover copies of Trump’s "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again" or just over 5,000 copies of the renamed paperback release, "Great Again: How to Fix Our Great America."
At issue is whether the Trump campaign funneled donor money into Trump’s pockets while boosting the nominee’s book sales.
“It’s fine for a candidate’s book to be purchased by his committee, but it’s impermissible to receive royalties from the publisher,” Paul Ryan of the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center told The Daily Beast.
“That amounts to an illegal conversion of campaign funds to personal use,” he added. "There’s a well-established precedent from the FEC that funds from the campaign account can’t end up in your own pocket."