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Washington - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) last year made $133,760 from her book “Off the Sidelines,” which was published in September by Random House, according to the federal tax return she made public on Wednesday..
Gillibrand had a $275,000 advance for the book, but she paid $110,000 of it to her ghostwriter, New York Times Magazine contributor Elizabeth Weil, and expenses ate up another $31,240, her returns show.
“Off the Sidelines,” a blend of memoir and advice to women urging them to get involved in politics or other public action, made The New York Times bestseller list. Gillibrand toured the country to pitch it in interviews and appearances.
The book shares the name of her leadership PAC, which she formed to help raise money for herself and Democratic women running for office. That PAC had $1.4 million in the bank at the end of last year.
The book helped boost the bottom line for the Gillibrand family. The Gillibrands reported a total income of $519,514, an adjusted gross income of $517,723 and tax payments of $147,387, the tax returns show.
Gillibrand makes $174,000 as a senator and her husband Jonathan, a finance manger, made $200,000. They paid an effective tax rate of 28.4 percent, said Gillibrand spokesman Marc Brumer.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his wife Iris Weinshall, a City University of New York vice chancellor, also released their tax returns yesterday, showing a total and adjusted gross income of $475,940, and $127,570 in taxes paid. Their effective tax rate was 26.8 percent.