Monday, August 20, 2007

sincerity in polotics?

from Top candidates profit from book deals By CHRISTINE SIMMONS, Associated Press Writer
Mon Aug 20, 3:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The top-tier presidential candidates have some personal finance numbers in common — six- or seven-figure book deals.

Writing a book has become a prerequisite to running for president....Hillary Rodham Clinton made an $8 million book deal for "Living History," published in 2003. In the last two years, the New York senator chalked up about $1.2 million in book royalties.

Though his campaign may be in a financial rut, Sen. John McCain's book ...made $80,390 in 2006 from Random House book royalties and about $255,000 in book profits the year before.

Also finding literary success was Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who received a $425,000 advance against royalties for "The Audacity of Hope," published last October....

But not every candidate low in the polls is destined for literary obscurity. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has written five books, made $148,750 in book royalties from Margaret McBride Literary Agency last year. ...

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., ...received an $112,000 advance in 2005 for "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics," which was released last month. According to his financial disclosure forms, he was to receive another installment of $112,000 when he finished the book's manuscript.
Timing also counts. Republican Rudy Giuliani published "Leadership" about a year after Sept. 11, 2001. It has sold 665,000 copies in hardcover and garnered the former New York mayor $146,092 in royalties last year.

but then notice the write up they give for john edwards
HarperCollins paid former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a $500,000 advance for "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives," a collection of mini-memoirs he edited.
Edwards donated his royalties to charity — something politicians sometimes do with a portion of their book proceeds.

somehow, i feel like they are down playing his giving to charity, when all else in his cohort are not....that speaks alot to me, and i think that maybe a little more benifit of the doubt should be given, as maybe he is sincere in his giving and truly deserves some credit for it...i wish that the posotive could be focused on more often in this world

...but we are so cynical as to not believe in sincerity and goodness anymore, and so we create a lack of sincerity and goodness

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