The finances of Donald Trump’s campaign have been under speculation for a while now. When Trump isn’t in trouble for not following through on charity and donations to various causes and his campaign isn’t laying off tons of people because it’s about to go broke, Trump has been implementing a rather unethical, embarrassing strategy for saving money – he doesn’t actually pay the people that work their asses off for him.
Reuters recently published a review of Trump’s campaign finance filings, and despite how much Trump brags about how much money his campaign has or how he has “self-funded” his campaign, the fact of the matter is that his campaign runs on a tiny budget, and one of the ways it succeeds in doing this is by not paying its top advisors – something the report said was a “departure from campaign finance norms.”
It turns out, Trump’s campaign hasn’t paid at least ten of its top employees – two of the more well-known victims were Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former advisor Michael Caputo.
Two of the lesser known Senior Trump aides that were working for free were Ken McKay and Laurance Gay, who left the campaign months ago. The two former aides said they’d been volunteering. Caputo had resigned from the campaign after he tweeted a celebratory tweet about the firing of Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Caputo had previously said that he had not been volunteering for the campaign, and on Thursday he doubled down and said the Trump campaign has yet to pay his invoices.
Trump has been praised for his campaign’s frugality, and they’ve chalked it up to the business mogul’s management skills – but now we know the truth. Trump’s been able to spend only $89.5 million so far – a third of Clinton’s campaign spending – because he takes advantage of people. Many top aides for presidential campaigns usually receive six-figure paychecks. In contrast to Trump’s “volunteer” approach, Clinton paid campaign manager Robby Mook approximately $10,000 in July alone.
Kelly Conway, Trump’s latest campaign manager, joined the team July 1 – and according to the finance reports, she also has yet to be paid by the Trump campaign. Paul Ryan, an election lawyer with the campaign finance reform advocacy group Campaign Legal Center, said:
It’s unprecedented for a presidential campaign to rely so heavily on volunteers for top management positions.”
The Trump campaign has been pretty hush about this, but did say the report was “sloppy at best.” These filings reveal exactly what is wrong with Trump running for President – in every area of his life, he finds the most sleazy, dishonest way to make something happen. He doesn’t care who he takes advantage of, and doesn’t mind passing off unethical business practices as legitimate successes, pushing the dirty truth under the rug. You don’t have to look any further than his business record to know that Trump is fine with cheating people, and that’s exactly what he will do in the White House. The only person Trump cares about is…Donald Trump.
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