As it seems, literary trilogies involving vice presidential pets will not be moneymakers.
Marlon Bundo, the beloved pet bunny of Vice President Mike Pence’s household, has his personal Instagram account, his personal acronym (BOTUS) and three youngsters’s books documenting his time in Washington. But financially, he’s not contributing a lot to the second household.
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The trio of books in regards to the well-traveled rabbit, written and illustrated by Karen Pence and her daughter Charlotte, generated between $2,501 and $5,000 in earnings for the Pence household final 12 months, in line with monetary disclosures launched Thursday. It was not instantly clear which of the three books — “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Nation’s Capital” or “Marlon Bundo’s Best Christmas Ever” — earned essentially the most in royalties.
The third installment within the mother-daughter sequence about Bundo’s romp by way of D.C. was launched by Regnery Publishing final month and begins at about $13 for a hardcover copy on Amazon. Through the attitude of Bundo, the e-book teaches younger readers about common Washington spots just like the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, in addition to the aim of the Supreme Court.
Compared with President Donald Trump’s 88-page monetary disclosure, the sparse 10-page doc underscores a frequent declare Pence made on the marketing campaign path: that he and Trump are very a lot alike aside from “a whole lot of zeroes.”
Pence, who rejected a scheduled pay increase through the prolonged authorities shutdown earlier this 12 months, presently earns about $230,700 yearly for serving as vp. He has a pension plan valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, in line with his earlier monetary filings, and carries between $70,005 and $215,000 of pupil mortgage debt from his youngsters’s educations.
Pence’s spouse, Karen, returned to educating artwork at a Christian college in Virginia earlier this 12 months, although it’s unclear whether or not she’s being compensated for the part-time work. A spokesperson for the vp couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.