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 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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"
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.
Budget Coordinator/Office Manager
Marketing and Media Relations
Brevard Community College
3865 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: (321) 433-7092