Conservative pundit Ann Coulter began an event in New York this weekend with the stated intention of fundraising for the East Hampton Library. Her philanthropic effort was shadowed by the author’s decision to also sell items to make a profit for herself.
Coulter participated in East Hampton Library’s Author’s Night fundraiser on Saturday. As a participant, she was supposed to sell some of her books and donate all proceeds to the library. According to multiple reports, she also made a handwritten sign offering her DVD.
A “source” told Page Six that Coulter was selling her DVDs for $25 cash, and asking for it to be purchased directly at her booth. The source said all other sales during the benefit were paid for at a single register, to be donated to the library.
The source says an organizer removed the sign and an unhappy Coulter said it was of no consequence since she’d already sold out, according to Page Six.
After she was told there was photographic evidence of the sign, Coulter responded to Page Six in a statement, written in the third person:
“The 80 books that were donated for the book fair were signed and sold, and all the proceeds donated … The idea that she pilfered from the poor liberal foundlings of East Hampton is absurd. Coulter’s books sold out one hour into the two-hour event — long before any other author sold out. Instead of disappointing her fans who couldn’t get into the sold-out dinner [afterward], she allowed fans to get signed DVDs at cost intended for the private dinner later.”
A representative for the library told Page Six that the library hadn’t received any proceeds from the sale of the DVDs and was not aware of such sales.
According to “Page Six,” authors who sell items during the dinner usually donate those proceeds to the library, as well.
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