Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is now a paid contributor on CNN, however, he is still receiving his regular salary from the Trump campaign and we’d really like to hear the network’s explanation for that. That’s not the only problem with Trump’s campaign. $7.7 million is doled out to his family and Trump-affiliated companies.
There is so much wrong with this:
While Trump’s payroll remained a fraction of Clinton’s last month, he continued to pay one former staffer: ousted campaign manager Corey Lewandowski received his regular $20,000 monthly fee on July 6 – two weeks after he was jettisoned and had been hired by CNN as a political commentator. Trump has continued to call on Lewandowski for advice since his departure, a dynamic that contributed to friction with campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who resigned last week.
The Washington Post also notes that the Trump campaign paid out $773,000 to reimburse various Trump-owned companies for expenses. “In all, nearly $7.7 million has been paid out to Trump companies or Trump family members to cover campaign expenditures, filings show.”
It’s almost as if Trump is treating his supporters like suckers.
Altogether, since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, Trump’s campaign has spent $89.5 million on his bid, while Clinton’s operation has invested almost $319 million.
Mitt Romney raised more money four years ago than Donald has at this point. Mitt is the guy who lost handily to Barack Obama, by the way.
The Trump campaign has barely increased spending on the 84-person staff and field organizing from the previous month. It’s like Donald isn’t even trying to win.
Instead of spending on increasing staff or organizing, the campaign spent $1.8 million on hats and other merchandise. So, Donald won’t win but he’ll have thousands of those nifty little ‘Make America Great Again’ hats.
As for Lewandowski, he is still actually on the Trump campaign payroll while being paid by CNN as a contributor. It’s unethical. It’s called a conflict of interest.
Edward Murrow is spinning in his grave.
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