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Mike Haridopolos earns Brevard CC $488 on $152,000 book deal

After Senate President Mike Haridopolos recently said his unusual book deal with Brevard Community College would earn the school some money, the liberal group Progress Florida took that as a challenge. It asked Brevard how much revenue has been produced by Florida Legislative History and Processes. Grand total: $487.90.

That leaves about $151,512 left before Haridopolos book pays off.

The book deal has been a major headache for Haridopolos, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Colleges seldom, if ever, pay teachers to write books. The deal is even rarer for community colleges. Critics said Haridopolos, who was a college teacher before becoming a pol, was cashing in on his political position at the same time he bashed big-government spending.

When Haridopolos finally produced the book, it wasn't quite the "scholarly work" that it had been billed as, reading less like a history and more like a how-to advice manual. Democrats mocked it as a coloring book, although Haridopolos handled the hit like a pro. And Haridopolos doesn't always take his own advice when it comes to running for office and running the Senate

Progress Florida has dogged Haridopolos for months and launched a website, Dirty Hari, to chronicle ever slip and hit.

Here's the email:

From: Eskicirak, Pinar []
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:43 AM
To: Jon Bleyer, Progress Florida
Cc: Junco, Kate
Subject: RE: Information request re "Florida Legislative History and Processes"
Hi Jon,
The total number of books sold as of today is 70 and the total royalties awarded to Brevard Community College is $487.90. We receive 70 percent of the sale price through Amazon Kindle after a $0.03 delivery cost per book is deducted.
Thank you,
Pinar Eskicirak

Budget Coordinator/Office Manager
Marketing and Media Relations
Brevard Community College
3865 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: (321) 433-7092