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Cuomo was paid $5m for his COVID book and donated $500k to charity


Cuomo was paid $5million for his COVID book and donated just $500k from the proceeds, putting the rest away for his daughters as payment for their ‘tireless’ pandemic work

  • Cuomo released American Crisis: Lessons in Leadership in October 2020
  • He was given $3.2million from Crown, a division of Penguin Random House, with an agreement of an additional $2million over the next two years 
  • After tax, he took $1.5m – a third of which he donated to a COVID relief fund 
  • He gave the other $1m to his daughters, Michaela, 23, and Mariah and Cara, 26 
  • He said they worked ‘tirelessly’ throughout the pandemic for ‘New Yorkers’ 
  • The daughters moved in with Cuomo at the governor’s mansion in Albany
  • They sometimes appeared with him at press conferences but never all together
  • One helped oversee the ‘Mask Up’ New York advertising campaign
  • Cuomo is under investigation for allegedly using state resources to do the book 
  • Junior staffers said he made them deliver manuscripts and sit in on pitch meetings  

Cuomo’s controversial book American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, was released in October

Governor Andrew Cuomo received a $5million advance for his COVID-19 book last year and donated $500,000 of the proceeds to charity, leaving the rest for his three daughters who he said worked ‘tirelessly’ through the pandemic. 

Cuomo’s controversial book American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, was released in October, just before New York’s COVID-19 numbers spiked again and Cuomo sent the state back into lockdown

He refused to say at the time how much of an advance he’d been given but on Monday, his office confirmed it after he filed his taxes. 

Cuomo was slammed for the book which was released in the midst of the pandemic and despite him being blamed for thousands of COVID deaths in nursing homes. 

His book publisher stopped promoting it after the nursing home scandal, and as a number of women publicly accused him of sexual misconduct this year.  

In 2020, he was paid $3.12million for it the book.

He’ll get another $2million in the next two years. Last year, after taxes, he got a net payment of $1.5million. Cuomo gave a third of that money to charity and left two thirds for his three daughters, giving them around $300,000 each. 

Michaela, 23, and 26-year-old twins Cara and Mariah. He says it’s because they worked for him in the pandemic, producing ‘tireless and effective work for all New Yorkers’.  

‘The contract calls for payment of $3,120,000 in the last taxable year and an additional $2million over the following 2 years. Net income from the $3,120,000 less expenses and taxes is $1,537,508.

Cuomos's daughters Michaela, 23, and 26-year-old twins Mariah and Cara. He gave them each more than $300,000 for their 'tireless' pandemic work

Cuomos’s daughters Michaela, 23, and 26-year-old twins Mariah and Cara. He gave them each more than $300,000 for their ‘tireless’ pandemic work 

‘From that net income, the Governor donated a third to the United Way of New York State for state-wide COVID-relief and vaccination effort and is giving the remainder in a trust for his three daughters equally who worked with the Governor during this pandemic and did what he calls ‘tireless and effective work for all New Yorkers’ and have him the ‘strength and love to make it through the crisis every day’.

The daughters moved in with their father at the Albany mansion last year. 

They took turns appearing at press conferences and joined him one day on the NYSE to ring the opening bell. Mariah also helped with the state’s ‘mask up’ campaign. 

The book is available on Amazon for $6.82 but when dividing what he was paid by how many have actually sold, it puts the price at $100 per copy. 

Cuomo is being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s office who wants to know if he used state money to put the book together.   

Junior staffers reported that their tasks included editing early drafts, sitting in on pitch meetings, and even printing and delivering manuscript pages of the book to his mansion. 

Cuomo told The New York Times that any staffers who worked on the book did so voluntarily and that there may have been some ‘minor’ work on it done incidentally. 

His spokesman told the Times in April: ‘We have officially jumped the shark — the idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on.’   

Cuomo’s first book was also a flop. He was paid $783,000 by Harper Collins but only 3,200 copies of it sold.  

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