Out of the two aspiring authors, Plouffe scored the more lucrative deal–reportedly receiving between $1.5 and $2 million for his advance. His book about the 2008 election sold to Viking, who competed against 16 other imprints at the auction.
Chertoff is planning a book about his time in the Justice Department. The Huffington Post notes:
“Chertoff’s previous publication, ‘Secretary Michael Chertoff’s ‘Select Speeches’ From 2005-2008,’ raised some eyebrows when it was revealed that $11,200 in DHS Chief of Staff funds were spent to publish the book. The books were intended as gifts for DHS alumni who worked for the agency during Chertoff’s tenure.”