This Republican senator nearly tripled his congressional salary courtesy of a quirk in federal law
Senator Josh Hawley, in his office on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2022, in Washington, DC Alex Brandon/AP Photo
GOP Senator Josh Hawley is the latest lawmaker to announce significant publishing income.
He announced book royalties of $467,000, far exceeding his $174,000 salary as a senator.
Publishing is one of the few legal ways lawmakers can make big bucks outside of Congress.
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley earned $467,000 in publishing fees in 2021, a number that dwarfs his congressional salary, financial disclosures show.
The Republican on Monday announced publishing earnings that nearly tripled the $174,000 senators normally receive.
The documents show Hawley received $467,000 in royalties from Regnery Publishing, a conservative publisher that took his book The Tyranny of Big Tech after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster.
Senators are typically prohibited from making more than $29,595 outside of their federal salary, but there are loopholes for stock deals, rental income, and book licenses and advances.
Hawley's office did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Hawley's 2021 disclosure did not specify which book the royalties were for, or whether further payments were forthcoming. The Tyranny of Big Tech is the only Hawley book to be promoted on Regnery Publishing's website.
The title rails against the outsized power of companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing them of silencing conservative voices. Reviews in Wired and The Washington Post found the latter claim to have poor support.
Regnery stepped in to publish the title after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Simon & Schuster said Hawley would not publish it because he objects to the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election, an issue that erupted into violence on the day of the riot.
Hawley isn't the only one who supplements his income through publications. In 2020, 26 lawmakers in the House and Senate received a combined $1.8 million in book advances and royalties, Insider's Kimberley Leonard reported.
High-profile politicians are well placed to use their names in the publication, such as B. Senator Tim Scott, a rising GOP star who is considered a potential presidential candidate.
His 2021 financials showed he earned $184,167 for his upcoming memoir, America, A Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity, as reported by Kimberley Leonard.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Tammy Duckworth also signed six-figure book deals.
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