Crenshaw Inked Six Figure Book Deal Before Taking Office

Via The Washington Examiner:

First-term Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL who catapulted to national fame with a good-natured response to an off-color Saturday Night Live joke at his expense, has signed a six-figure book deal.

┬áThe Texas Republican, 35, representing much of northern and western Houston, received a $250,000 advance from Hachette Book Group, according to the financial disclosure report he filed this week with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. His work is due to be published in April, 2020. The Washington Examiner has learned it will focus on mental toughness, exploring “America’s outrage culture” and offering solutions to counter it.

Congressional ethics rules prevent lawmakers from collecting anything other than book royalties after they become members. But those rules don’t kick in while a member-elect is still a private citizen.

Crenshaw is hardly the first member of Congress to sign a book contract before taking office, when income streams are limited beyond the annual salary of $174,000. The prohibition on book advances stems from criticism incurred in late 1994 by then-incoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for accepting $4 million from publisher HarperCollins, which he eventually returned.