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Corey Lewandowski works for corporate special interests, and he's selling access to Trump to the highest bidder.

December 2016: Lewandowski Founded A Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Soon After The 2016 Election, Joining A Rush Of Trump Associates Making Moves To Cash In On Their Ties To The New Trump Administration. “Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s polarizing first campaign manager, is not joining the White House and is instead launching a political consulting firm along with former Trump adviser Barry Bennett. The move from a close Trump ally to start a lobbying firm — one that will be based just one block from the White House — further calls into question Trump’s campaign pledge that he will “drain the swamp” in Washington. […]The website of the new government affairs and political consulting firm, called Avenue Strategies, advertised Lewandowski’s and Bennett’s close ties to Trump and even their office's physical proximity to the White House, at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue (the same building that currently houses Trump's transition team). [...] Lewandowski and Bennett are joining a rush of Trump associates making moves to cash in on their ties to the new administration.” [Politico, 12/21/16]

  • Whereas A Typical Boutique Lobbying Firm Might Charge $10,000 To $15,000 A Month, Lewandowski’s Avenue Strategies Sometimes Asked For As Much As $50,000 A Month, A Top-Shelf Price On K Street. “Lewandowski’s help did not come cheap. A typical boutique lobbying firm might charge $10,000 to $15,000 a month. A big lobbying or law firm, with teams of para­legals or assistants and high overhead, might charge twice that, with a three-month retainer. Avenue sometimes asked for as much as $50,000 a month — a top-shelf price on K Street — and Lewandowski on occasion tried to go higher. But there were plenty of takers: By midwinter, Avenue had ‘more than a dozen, less than 50’ clients, Lewandowski told me at the time.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Politico: Lewandowski Is One Of Many Former Trump Staffers Who Have Offered To Advise Corporate American On Dealing With The Trump Administration, Showing The Appetite Among Trump’s Allies To Cash In On Their High-Profile Positions. “Lewandowski, meanwhile, is one of a multitude of former Trump campaign staffers and fundraisers who have offered to advise corporate America on how to deal with the administration. Some of them have registered as lobbyists, while others, including Lewandowski, have declined to do so. Zinke’s quick turn to the lobbying world and his move alongside Lewandowski also shows the appetite among the president’s allies to cash in on their high-profile positions, even when they’ve been dogged by controversy.” [Politico, 2/13/19]

Politico: People Familiar With Lewandowski’s Pitch To Potential Clients Said He Has Pledged That He Would Personally Call Trump Or His Cabinet Members If Necessary On Behalf Of Prospective Avenue Strategies Clients. “However, people who are familiar with Lewandowski’s pitch to potential clients say he has pledged that he would personally call Trump or his Cabinet members if necessary on behalf of prospective Avenue Strategies clients.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

At A Party Lewandowski Threw To Woo Potential Lobbying Clients At Avenue Strategies Corporate Offices, Lewandowski Boasted About His Access To Trump. “Access can be highly lucrative for lobbyists, particularly in the age of Trump, since relatively few established K Street powerhouses have ties to the new president. At a large party Lewandowski threw earlier this year to woo potential clients at Avenue’s corporate offices, he pointed out that the office overlooks the White House, and boasted about his access to the president and some of his clients, according to an attendee.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

In The Case Of At Least Two Clients Signed By Avenue Strategies, Lewandowski Said He Would Personally Make Calls To Trump And Administration Officials To Help The Clients Achieve Their Policy Goals. “In the cases of two clients signed by Avenue Strategies — a biomedical data company called Flow Health and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration — Lewandowski said he would personally make calls to Trump and administration officials to help the clients achieve their public policy goals, according to three people familiar with Avenue’s pitches to the clients.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

Politico: Trump White House Officials Worried That Lewandowski’s Brazen Efforts To Market His Access To Trump Were An Influence-Peddling Scandal Waiting To Happen For Trump. “Yet Lewandowski has not formally registered as a lobbyist. The lack of any such registration by Lewandowski to date — combined with his boasts about his Trump connections — irks competing lobbyists and ethics watchdogs. They say Lewandowski is flouting the spirit of the lobbying rules, and abusing his access to the Trump White House. Meanwhile, White House officials worry that Lewandowski’s efforts to market his access — which are brazen even by K Street’s unbashful standards — are an influence-peddling scandal waiting to happen for a president who pledged to end the dominance of lobbyists and special interests in Washington.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

  • Vice President Of Government Watchdog Group, Public Citizen: “‘Whether Corey Lewandowski Is Just Engaging In Business As Usual Or Actually Going Further, It Definitely Has A Pervading Swampiness To It That Has Become The New Normal In Trump’s Washington” “‘Whether Corey Lewandowski is just engaging in business as usual or actually going further, it definitely has a pervading swampiness to it that has become the new normal in Trump’s Washington,’ said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for the government watchdog group Public Citizen.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

2019: Lewandowski Worked As A Senior Adviser At Washington Lobbying Firm, Turnberry Solutions. “Ryan Zinke, who resigned as interior secretary last year amid scandal, is teaming up with Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, to work as senior advisers at Washington lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions. Jason Osborne, a partner at Turnberry, said Lewandowski won’t do any work that would require him to register as a lobbyist, but said that Zinke was likely to do so.” [Politico, 2/13/19]

  • Before Joining Turnberry, Lewandowski Worked With One Turnberry’s Partners, Barry Bennett, And Another Of The Firm’s Lobbyists, Mike Rubino, On Both The Trump Campaign And At The Lobbying Firm Lewandowski Had Founded, Avenue Strategies. “Lewandowski and Osborne previously worked together at Avenue Strategies, the lobbying firm that Lewandowski started with Barry Bennett, after the 2016 election. Lewandowski quit Avenue in 2017 after stories raised questions about him cashing in on his access to the president. Mike Rubino, another Avenue lobbyist who had worked on the Trump campaign with Osborne, left Avenue soon afterward and started Turnberry.” [Politico, 2/13/19]

  • Lewandowski Allowed Turnberry Lobbyists To Work Out Of The Capitol Hill Row House He Lived In When He Was In Washington, D.C. “Lewandowski claimed at the time he had ‘nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions,’ but allowed Turnberry lobbyists to work out of the Capitol Hill rowhouse where he stayed when he was in Washington.” [Politico, 2/13/19]

  • Turnberry Solutions Partner Jason Osborne: “Corey Lewandowski Is Now Affiliated With” Turnberry, Saying “Now We’re Actually Working For The Same Company.” “One of Turnberry’s clients, T-Mobile, later said that Lewandowski was advising the company on its proposed merger with Sprint. And Joel Sheltrown, the vice president of government affairs for another Turnberry client at the time, Elio Motors, told POLITICO that Lewandowski had been on a conference call his firm had with Turnberry. ‘Corey Lewandowski is now affiliated with that firm and they have offered perspective to T-Mobile on a variety of topics, including the pending transaction,’ T-Mobile said in a statement last year about Turnberry. Osborne said the new arrangement would allow Lewandowski to work more closely with Turnberry. ‘Previously it was friends talking to each other, friends worked together in the same building,’ he said in an interview. ‘Now we’re actually working for the same company.’ Lewandowski said in a statement that he looked ‘forward to working with Secretary Zinke to provide strategic advice and counsel to clients.’” [Politico, 2/13/19]

Fred Wertheimer, President Of Watchdog Group Democracy 21, Said That Lewandowski Used His White House Access, Unfettered By Ethics Rules And Financial Disclosures Required Of Government Employees, For “Self-Dealing” And That He Wasn’t “There To Give Good Advice,” But Rather “To Get Special Influence For Their Clients Or Financial Benefits For Themselves.” “Fred Wertheimer, the president of the watchdog group Democracy 21, said Mr. Trump’s White House appeared to be allowing outside advisers an extraordinary amount of sway within the administration. Democrats in Congress have asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Mr. Icahn has pushed policies that have benefited his own businesses. Advisers like Mr. Icahn and Mr. Lewandowski exist in a ‘never-never land,’ Mr. Wertheimer said, allowed a high degree of White House access while remaining unfettered by the ethics rules and financial disclosures that apply to government employees. ‘This is self-dealing by these intermediaries,’ Mr. Wertheimer said. ‘They aren’t in there to give good advice about what an administration should do. They’re in there to get special influence for their clients or financial benefits for themselves.’” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

Although Lewandowski has been selling access in Washington, he has
avoided registering as a lobbyist, lurking in the shadows instead.

Politico: Despite Pitching Access To Trump To Potential Clients, Lewandowski Has Not Formally Registered As A Lobbyist, Irking Ethics Watchdogs Who Say Lewandowski Was Flouting The Spirit Of The Lobbying Rules And Abusing His Access To Trump. “However, people who are familiar with Lewandowski’s pitch to potential clients say he has pledged that he would personally call Trump or his Cabinet members if necessary on behalf of prospective Avenue Strategies clients. Yet Lewandowski has not formally registered as a lobbyist. The lack of any such registration by Lewandowski to date — combined with his boasts about his Trump connections — irks competing lobbyists and ethics watchdogs. They say Lewandowski is flouting the spirit of the lobbying rules, and abusing his access to the Trump White House.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

New York Times: Despite Leaving Avenue Strategies, Lewandowski Hadn’t Really Left The Swamp And Instead Receded Into The Nebulous Ranks Of Washington’s Unregistered Lobbyists, Founding A New Consulting Firm, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors. The next day, Lewandowski announced he was quitting Avenue. […] Lewandowski, I soon learned, hadn’t really left the swamp. He had merely receded into the nebulous ranks of Washington’s unregistered lobbyists. In July, he founded a new firm, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors. He offered clients ‘strategic advice and counsel,’ according to a copy of one contract I obtained, and had picked up at least one client from Avenue, the Ohio payday lender. He was back on TV more and more, energetically defending Trump and plumping for various private interests.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Politico: Sources Said That Lewandowski’s Pitches To Potential Lobbying Clients Stressed That He Could Advise Clients On How To Navigate Trump’s Washington Without Registering Their Contracts By Avoiding Making The Calls Himself, A Legal Loophole Named After Tom Daschle. “But several sources briefed on Lewandowski’s pitches said he stressed that he could advise clients on how to navigate Trump’s Washington without registering their contracts by avoiding making the calls himself. That loophole, which is still legal, was named for former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, who utilized it for years to evade lobbying disclosure. And more established consultants and lobbyists with blue-chip clientele have discussed the prospect of bringing in Lewandowski as a vendor on their contracts, according to consultants familiar with the talks. Such a subcontracting arrangement also could bypass disclosure triggers. And it could allow controversy-shy companies to benefit from Lewandowski’s undeniable access to Trump while avoiding the type of publicity that sometimes follows the bombastic GOP operative.” [Politico, 4/28/17

New York Times: Lewandowski Appeared To Be Positioning His Consulting Firm As An “Advisory” Business And Part Of A “Growing Cohort Of Washington Influencers Who Advise Companies On How To Navigate The Government But Do Not Register As Lobbyists Or Disclose Their Clients. “About a week after leaving his old firm, Mr. Lewandowski started a new consulting business, according to corporate filings. And now, as he takes on an increasingly broad role as an unofficial White House adviser, he is building a roster of clients with major interests before the Trump administration, including an Ohio-based payday lender seeking to block or overturn new federal financial regulations. Mr. Lewandowski appears to be positioning his new firm as an ‘advisory’ business, part of a growing cohort of Washington influencers who advise companies on how to navigate the government but do not register as lobbyists or disclose their clients. A draft contract obtained by The New York Times stipulates that Mr. Lewandowski’s firm ‘cannot and will not engage in any lobbying or advocacy services.’” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

The Government-Ethics Watchdog Group, Public Citizen, Sent A Letter To The Department OF Justice And Congressional Lobbying Oversight Offices Requesting Investigations Into Whether Lewandowski Was Violating Lobbying Laws By Not Registering As Lobbyist. “Lewandowski and Bennett, also an ex-Trump campaign aide, started the firm, Avenue Strategies, soon after the election, boasting that they could use their understanding of the new administration to benefit clients. But Lewandowski had not formally registered to lobby for the firm, even though he pitched prospective clients and boasted often about his access to the White House. On Wednesday, the government-ethics watchdog group Public Citizen sent a letter to the Department of Justice and congressional lobbying oversight offices requesting investigations into whether Lewandowski was violating lobbying laws by not registering.” [Politico, 5/4/17]

WHAT WE DO

Corey Lewandowski has advocated for pay-day lenders that prey on the
most vulnerable American directly to the president on national
television.

 

New York Times: Lewandowski, Who Has A Keen Understanding Of Trump’s Media Tastes And Habits, Used An Appearance On Meet The Press To Advance Community Choice Financial’s Interests, Calling For Trump To Fire CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, Who Had Led Efforts To Pass New Payday Lending Requirements. “In an email, Mr. Lewandowski said he was not a lobbyist. ‘I don’t lobby and I don’t intend to lobby — ever,’ he wrote. But Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. ‘It’s my recommendation to the president of the United States to fire Richard Cordray,’ Mr. Lewandowski said.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

  • One Of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors First Clients Was Community Choice Financial, A Leader In The Payday Lending Industry, Which Fought Efforts By The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Limit Loan Practices That Consumer Advocates Called Abusive. “Mr. Lewandowski started his new business, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, in May, according to corporate documents filed in Delaware, eight days after he announced he would part ways with the Washington lobbying firm he helped found, Avenue Strategies. […] Among the first new clients of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors is an Ohio-based company called Community Choice Financial. The company is a leader in the payday lending industry, which has faced heightened federal scrutiny in recent years. Payday lenders have energetically fought efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to limit loan practices that consumer advocates have called abusive. Community Choice Financial’s chief executive, William E. Saunders Jr., once referred to the bureau as ‘the great Darth Vader’ of the federal government.” [New York Times, 8/1/17] 

  • Video: Lewandowski Suggesting On NBC’s Meet The Press That Trump Fire CFPB Head, Richard Cordray. [NBC, Meet The Press, 7/30/17]

July 2017: After Calling On Trump To Fire CFPB Director Richard Cordray, Lewandowski Was Asked If He Had Any Clients That Would Want To See That, And Lewandowski Responded He Had “No Clients Whatsoever” Despite Having Signed A $20,000 A Month Contract With Consumer Choice Financial That Same Month. “But Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. […] Rejecting a question from the ‘Meet the Press’ host, Chuck Todd, about whether he had ‘a client that wants to see’ Mr. Cordray fired, Mr. Lewandowski said: ‘No, no. I have no clients whatsoever.’ He explained his opposition to Mr. Cordray by pointing to a similar position taken by Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas and the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who has called on Mr. Trump to dismiss Mr. Cordray. But a draft contract obtained by The Times indicates that in July, after Mr. Lewandowski left Avenue, Community Choice Financial offered him a $20,000-a-month retainer in return for ‘strategic advice and counsel designed to further the goals of Community Choice Financial.’” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

  • Prior To Signing A $20,000-A-Month Retainer For “Strategic Advice And Counsel” With Community Choice Financial, Lewandowski Had Helped Recruit The Company As A Client For His Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Which Received $160,000 For Lobbying Work. “But a draft contract obtained by The Times indicates that in July, after Mr. Lewandowski left Avenue, Community Choice Financial offered him a $20,000-a-month retainer in return for ‘strategic advice and counsel designed to further the goals of Community Choice Financial.’ Mr. Lewandowski had previously helped recruit Community Choice Financial as a client for Avenue Strategies, which reported receiving $160,000 for lobbying from the lender, according to congressional disclosure forms.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

Corey Lewandowski has offered to arrange meetings for foreign
governments and bad actors with foreign interests with Trump and top
members of his administration.

Politico: People Familiar With Lewandowski’s Pitch To Potential Clients Said He Has Pledged That He Would Personally Call Trump Or His Cabinet Members If Necessary On Behalf Of Prospective Avenue Strategies Clients. “However, people who are familiar with Lewandowski’s pitch to potential clients say he has pledged that he would personally call Trump or his Cabinet members if necessary on behalf of prospective Avenue Strategies clients.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

 

At A Party Lewandowski Threw To Woo Potential Lobbying Clients At Avenue Strategies Corporate Offices, Lewandowski Boasted About His Access To Trump. “Access can be highly lucrative for lobbyists, particularly in the age of Trump, since relatively few established K Street powerhouses have ties to the new president. At a large party Lewandowski threw earlier this year to woo potential clients at Avenue’s corporate offices, he pointed out that the office overlooks the White House, and boasted about his access to the president and some of his clients, according to an attendee.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

In The Case Of At Least Two Clients Signed By Avenue Strategies, Lewandowski Said He Would Personally Make Calls To Trump And Administration Officials To Help The Clients Achieve Their Policy Goals. “In the cases of two clients signed by Avenue Strategies — a biomedical data company called Flow Health and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration — Lewandowski said he would personally make calls to Trump and administration officials to help the clients achieve their public policy goals, according to three people familiar with Avenue’s pitches to the clients.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

Politico: Trump White House Officials Worried That Lewandowski’s Brazen Efforts To Market His Access To Trump Were An Influence-Peddling Scandal Waiting To Happen For Trump. “Yet Lewandowski has not formally registered as a lobbyist. The lack of any such registration by Lewandowski to date — combined with his boasts about his Trump connections — irks competing lobbyists and ethics watchdogs. They say Lewandowski is flouting the spirit of the lobbying rules, and abusing his access to the Trump White House. Meanwhile, White House officials worry that Lewandowski’s efforts to market his access — which are brazen even by K Street’s unbashful standards — are an influence-peddling scandal waiting to happen for a president who pledged to end the dominance of lobbyists and special interests in Washington.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

 

Vice President Of Government Watchdog Group, Public Citizen: “‘Whether Corey Lewandowski Is Just Engaging In Business As Usual Or Actually Going Further, It Definitely Has A Pervading Swampiness To It That Has Become The New Normal In Trump’s Washington” “‘Whether Corey Lewandowski is just engaging in business as usual or actually going further, it definitely has a pervading swampiness to it that has become the new normal in Trump’s Washington,’ said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for the government watchdog group Public Citizen.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

In February 2017, Lewandowski Said That Being An Expert On Trump Was A “Comparative Advantage” For Him On K Street Since There Were “Just So Few People In Washington Who Know The President.” “Through it all, Lewandowski remained close to Trump and spoke to him often. But after the election, the White House job Lewandowski hoped for never quite materialized. Now Lewandowski, too, was on K Street. He had joined up with another former Trump aide, Barry Bennett, to start a lobbying firm called Avenue Strategies. Unlike other people on K Street, Lewandowski did not pretend to be an expert on the legislative calendar or the fine points of the Administrative Procedure Act. He was an expert on Trump. ‘There are just so few people in Washington who know the president,’ Lewandowski told me in February. ‘It’s a comparative advantage.’ He was not shy about playing up their friendship. He sometimes tweeted from the White House grounds. When journalists or other visitors came to his office, on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House, he would point out his window to where, he claimed, he could see the president’s bedroom.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

In December 2016, Lewandowski Delivered A Face-To-Face Meeting With Trump For A Prospective Client, Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim. “In at least one instance, Lewandowski and his team did in fact deliver a meeting with Trump and a prospective client of their firm — Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The December sit-down at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort came days after Lewandowski had traveled to Mexico on a business-development trip and met with Slim, who had traded barbs with Trump during the presidential campaign. ‘And from that meeting, they all thought it would be interesting if Mr. Slim met with Mr. Trump, and that’s what happened,’ said Slim spokesman Arturo Elias Ayub. While Bennett suggested at the time that the relationship might lead to a contract, Ayub stressed that it has not.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

  • Government Watchdog Group Public Citizen Argued That Lewandowski May Have Been Obligated To Disclose His Efforts To Broker A Meeting Between Slim And Trump Pursuant To The Foreign Agents Registration Act. “Even without money changing hands, Gilbert of Public Citizen argued that Lewandowski or his associates may have been obligated to disclose their efforts to broker the meeting to the Justice Department pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It requires anyone representing foreign entities — including governments, politicians, individuals or companies — in the U.S to report their activities within 10 days ‘of agreeing to become an agent and before performing any activities for the foreign principal.’” [Politico, 4/28/17]

A Lobbying Firm Co-Founded By Lewandowski, Washington East West Political Strategies, Appeared To Have Pitched Foreign Clients Around The World By Offering Face Time With Trump, Pence, And Other Senior Administration Officials. “A firm co-founded by Donald Trump’s original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior members of their administration, according to documents and interviews. A document provided to an Eastern European politician by an international consulting firm that Lewandowski co-founded this year promises to arrange ‘meetings with well-established figures,’ including Trump, Pence, ‘key members of the U.S. Administration and outside Trump allies.’ The previously unreported firm, Washington East West Political Strategies, was created by Lewandowski and fellow Trump campaign veteran Barry Bennett — as well as an Azerbaijani oil executive and an American political consultant who works extensively in Russia — to prospect for political business in Eastern Europe. And Lewandowski and Bennett have created different firms with other partners to prospect in the Middle East, Canada and Central America, Bennett said.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

  • Politico: Documents From Washington East West Political Strategies Boasted That Its Clients Would Benefit From Its Partners Ability To “Leverage” Their “Trusted Relations With The U.S. Administration.” “The Washington East West Political Strategies document boasts that its clients will benefit from its partners’ ability to ‘leverage’ their ‘trusted relations with the U.S. Administration,’ as well as European parliamentarians and leading Western journalists.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

New York Times: A Prominent Watchdog Group Sent A Letter To The Justice Department Asking Officials To Investigate Why Lewandowski Had Never Registered Under The Foreign Agents Registration Act. “A prominent watchdog group had sent a letter to the Justice Department asking officials there to investigate why Lewandowski had never registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a World War II-era law that imposes stringent disclosure requirements on Americans representing foreign governments in Washington. (Though Bennett and other Avenue employees had registered as lobbyists, Lewandowski insisted that most of his business was advising clients on strategy, not setting up meetings or contacting officials on their behalf, the kind of work that requires you to register.) Politico had struck again, revealing Avenue’s Citgo contract. Technically, the United States-based company was owned by the left-wing government of Venezuela, whose vice president the Trump administration had accused of drug trafficking.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Corey Lewandowski offered big Wall Street firms that are ripping off
the middle class access to Trump's Twitter account when pitching them
on his services at his lobbying firm, Avenue Strategies.

BuzzFeed: Lewandowski Told Prospective Lobbying Clients That He Had Access To Trump’s Twitter Account As A Selling Point When Talking To At Least Two Companies, Facebook And Blackstone Group, A Private Equity Firm. “The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump's White House bid has told prospective lobbying clients that he has access to Trump's Twitter account, four sources told BuzzFeed News. In discussions with representatives from at least two different potential clients — Facebook and financial company Blackstone Group — Lewandowski mentioned having access to Trump's Twitter account as a selling point, according to different sources who were briefed on each meeting by participants. Sources also said Lewandowski brought up the same thing in additional meetings as well, but it's unclear which other companies he was courting when he made the same claim. […] It was unclear to one of the sources briefed by the meeting participants whether Lewandowski was saying he actually has access to the account, or just that he has the ear of Trump and his digital staff. A White House official told BuzzFeed News that Lewandowski ‘does not have access’ to Trump's Twitter account. Those in the room who were expecting a detailed government relations pitch were taken aback by the claim, two sources familiar with the meetings said. […] Lewandowski recently joined with another former Trump staffer, Barry Bennett, to open Avenue Strategies. Bennett was also Ben Carson's campaign manager last year.” [BuzzFeed, 2/15/17]

Lewandowski Said That The Old Model Of Washington Influence Wouldn’t Work On Trump, Who Old Lobbyists Don’t Know Or Understand, Saying “If You’re A Corporate C.E.O. And The President Tweeted At your And Your Stock Dropped […] You Say: Why Am I Paying All These Guys So Much Money?” “Everyone had seen what happened to Lockheed Martin. Lockheed, the federal government’s single biggest contractor, is a powerful presence inside the Beltway. But through the winter, Trump had lashed out at the company over cost overruns on the F-35 fighter jet. The company’s shares dropped each time, taking Lockheed’s value down by billions of dollars. These were the kinds of problems that Lewandowski believed others on K Street couldn’t help with. ‘If you’re a corporate C.E.O. and the president has tweeted at you and your stock has dropped 4 percent, you say: ‘Why am I paying all these guys so much money?’’ Lewandowski said. The old model of Washington influence wouldn’t work on Trump, he believed. ‘They don’t know him, and they don’t know any of his guys, and they don’t understand how he thinks.’ Eventually Lockheed, too, turned to Avenue.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Lockheed Martin Hired Lewandowski’s Avenue Strategies After Trump Lashed At Out At The Company On Twitter Over Cost Overruns On The F-35 Fighter, After Which Avenue Strategies Advised The Company That With Trump, “In The End, It’s Going To Be Transactional.” “Everyone had seen what happened to Lockheed Martin. Lockheed, the federal government’s single biggest contractor, is a powerful presence inside the Beltway. But through the winter, Trump had lashed out at the company over cost overruns on the F-35 fighter jet. The company’s shares dropped each time, taking Lockheed’s value down by billions of dollars. […] Eventually Lockheed, too, turned to Avenue. These were the kinds of problems that Lewandowski believed others on K Street couldn’t help with. Over the course of a few conversations with the company’s Washington office, Bennett told me, they advised Lockheed on how Marillyn Hewson, its president and chief executive, should approach conversations: ‘Short, direct, honest answers,’ as Bennett recounted it for me later. ‘Feel free to educate the president. In the end, it’s going to be transactional.’ The next time Hewson met with Trump, a week before the inauguration, she came bearing gifts: a potential F-35 price cut and a promise to add jobs at a Texas plant. The Twitter attacks ceased. By the end of February, Trump was praising Lockheed. ‘They’ve just announced eighteen hundred new jobs,’ Trump told reporters after a meeting with Hewson and other manufacturing executives. ‘I have to say this, Marillyn, you’ve gotten a lot of credit because what you did was the right thing.’” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Lockheed Martin Never Actually Signed A Contract With Avenue Strategies, Issuing A Carefully Worded Statement After News Leaked Of Lewandowski’s Role In Advising The Company On Trump That Stated That Lockheed “Has Not Retained Lewandowski, Or His Lobbying Firm.” “Lockheed never actually signed a contract with Avenue; when news leaked of Lewandowski’s role in advising it on Trump, a Lockheed spokesman issued a carefully worded statement that ‘Lockheed has not retained Lewandowski, or his lobbying firm.’ In the same way that most big chief executives turned up their noses at Trump during the campaign but now hoped he would deliver tax reform and sweeping deregulation, they wanted Lewandowski’s help without being too closely associated with him.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

New York Times: One Person Offered Lewandowski $250,000 Just To Get The President To Tweet About Him. “Many of the Trump-connected lobbyists told me they were turning away as much business as they accepted. One person offered Lewan­dowski $250,000 just to get the president to tweet about him.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Corey Lewandowski said that he would let a company pick a member of Trump's cabinet to help them secure taxpayer money through a massive government contract.

Lewandowski’s Lobbying Partner At Avenue Strategies Boasted To A Prospective Client Looking To Lobby The VA That He And Lewandowski Were “Personally Vetting” Candidates To Become Trump’s VA Secretary And Would Solicit The Client’s CEO For Recommendations On Fillings VA Positions. “As soon as he threw open the doors in January at Avenue Strategies, Lewandowski was boasting that business was booming. […] One of those smaller companies was Flow Health, a San Francisco–based startup that needed some help navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs. The relationship that Avenue Strategies struck up with Flow Health would veer from hopeful to acrimonious quickly—and reveal a lot about how Lewandowski was selling himself in Washington. Last October, Flow Health had partnered with the VA on a project to use artificial intelligence to improve patient care. When the agency abruptly terminated the deal in December, Flow Health began shopping for a lobbying firm to help it convince the VA to reconsider. […] The day after Christmas, Alex Meshkin, Flow Health's CEO, traveled to a Ritz-Carlton in suburban Virginia to meet with Bennett, while Lewandowski dialed in from his home in New Hampshire, where he was spending the holidays with his wife and four children. According to sources familiar with their discussions, Lewandowski and Bennett told Meshkin that if Flow Health hired Avenue, getting the VA's decision reversed before the inauguration would be no problem. Bennett boasted that he and Lewandowski were ‘personally vetting’ the various candidates Trump would consider to become the new VA secretary and that they would solicit Meshkin himself on recommendations for the VA's new Chief Information Officer—the very official who'd administer the partnership Flow Health hoped to reinstate. ‘What's better than us getting you a meeting,’ Bennett told Meshkin, ‘is you picking the person who's going to be there.’" [GQ, 5/15/17]

Lewandowski’s Lobbying Partner Said Of Their Influence In Picking Trump’s Cabinet Nominees: “What’s Better Than Us Getting You A Meeting Is Your Picking The Person Who’s Going To Be There.” “According to sources familiar with their discussions, Lewandowski and Bennett told Meshkin that if Flow Health hired Avenue, getting the VA's decision reversed before the inauguration would be no problem. Bennett boasted that he and Lewandowski were ‘personally vetting’ the various candidates Trump would consider to become the new VA secretary and that they would solicit Meshkin himself on recommendations for the VA's new Chief Information Officer—the very official who'd administer the partnership Flow Health hoped to reinstate. ‘What's better than us getting you a meeting,’ Bennett told Meshkin, ‘is you picking the person who's going to be there.’" [GQ, 5/15/17]

A Lobbying Firm Co-Founded By Lewandowski, Washington East West Political Strategies, Appeared To Have Pitched Foreign Clients Around The World By Offering Face Time With Trump, Pence, And Other Senior Administration Officials. “A firm co-founded by Donald Trump’s original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior members of their administration, according to documents and interviews. A document provided to an Eastern European politician by an international consulting firm that Lewandowski co-founded this year promises to arrange ‘meetings with well-established figures,’ including Trump, Pence, ‘key members of the U.S. Administration and outside Trump allies.’ The previously unreported firm, Washington East West Political Strategies, was created by Lewandowski and fellow Trump campaign veteran Barry Bennett — as well as an Azerbaijani oil executive and an American political consultant who works extensively in Russia — to prospect for political business in Eastern Europe. And Lewandowski and Bennett have created different firms with other partners to prospect in the Middle East, Canada and Central America, Bennett said.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

  • Politico: Documents From Washington East West Political Strategies Boasted That Its Clients Would Benefit From Its Partners Ability To “Leverage” Their “Trusted Relations With The U.S. Administration.” “The Washington East West Political Strategies document boasts that its clients will benefit from its partners’ ability to ‘leverage’ their ‘trusted relations with the U.S. Administration,’ as well as European parliamentarians and leading Western journalists.” [Politico, 4/28/17]

 

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Corey Lewandowski works for pay-day lenders.

One Of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors First Clients Was Community Choice Financial, A Leader In The Payday Lending Industry, Which Fought Efforts By The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Limit Loan Practices That Consumer Advocates Called Abusive. “Mr. Lewandowski started his new business, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, in May, according to corporate documents filed in Delaware, eight days after he announced he would part ways with the Washington lobbying firm he helped found, Avenue Strategies. […] Among the first new clients of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors is an Ohio-based company called Community Choice Financial. The company is a leader in the payday lending industry, which has faced heightened federal scrutiny in recent years. Payday lenders have energetically fought efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to limit loan practices that consumer advocates have called abusive. Community Choice Financial’s chief executive, William E. Saunders Jr., once referred to the bureau as ‘the great Darth Vader’ of the federal government.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

  • Video: Lewandowski Suggesting On NBC’s Meet The Press That Trump Fire CFPB Head, Richard Cordray. [NBC, Meet The Press, 7/30/17]

  • New York Times: Lewandowski, Who Has A Keen Understanding Of Trump’s Media Tastes And Habits, Used An Appearance On Meet The Press To Advance Community Choice Financial’s Interests, Calling For Trump To Fire CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, Who Had Led Efforts To Pass New Payday Lending Requirements. “In an email, Mr. Lewandowski said he was not a lobbyist. ‘I don’t lobby and I don’t intend to lobby — ever,’ he wrote. But Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. ‘It’s my recommendation to the president of the United States to fire Richard Cordray,’ Mr. Lewandowski said.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

  • Lewandowski Criticized A Rule Issued By The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau That Banned Financial Companies From Using Mandatory Arbitration Clauses In Customer Contracts. “But Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. ‘It’s my recommendation to the president of the United States to fire Richard Cordray,’ Mr. Lewandowski said. […] He added a criticism of a new rule issued by the bureau last month that bans financial companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses in customer contracts. The Trump administration has already said it would support congressional efforts to nullify the arbitration rule.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

July 2017: After Calling On Trump To Fire CFPB Director Richard Cordray, Lewandowski Was Asked If He Had Any Clients That Would Want To See That, And Lewandowski Responded He Had “No Clients Whatsoever” Despite Having Signed A $20,000 A Month Contract With Consumer Choice Financial That Same Month. “But Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. […] Rejecting a question from the ‘Meet the Press’ host, Chuck Todd, about whether he had ‘a client that wants to see’ Mr. Cordray fired, Mr. Lewandowski said: ‘No, no. I have no clients whatsoever.’ He explained his opposition to Mr. Cordray by pointing to a similar position taken by Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas and the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who has called on Mr. Trump to dismiss Mr. Cordray. But a draft contract obtained by The Times indicates that in July, after Mr. Lewandowski left Avenue, Community Choice Financial offered him a $20,000-a-month retainer in return for ‘strategic advice and counsel designed to further the goals of Community Choice Financial.’” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

  • Prior To Signing A $20,000-A-Month Retainer For “Strategic Advice And Counsel” With Community Choice Financial, Lewandowski Had Helped Recruit The Company As A Client For His Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Which Received $160,000 For Lobbying Work. “But a draft contract obtained by The Times indicates that in July, after Mr. Lewandowski left Avenue, Community Choice Financial offered him a $20,000-a-month retainer in return for ‘strategic advice and counsel designed to further the goals of Community Choice Financial.’ Mr. Lewandowski had previously helped recruit Community Choice Financial as a client for Avenue Strategies, which reported receiving $160,000 for lobbying from the lender, according to congressional disclosure forms.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

Lewandowski Started Lewandowski Strategic Advisors In May, Which He Registered In Delaware, Eight Days After He Announced He Would Leave The Washington Lobbying Firm He Cofounded, Avenue Strategies. “But his new firm once again puts Mr. Lewandowski at the center of the ethical quandaries surrounding the Trump White House, where the president has given significant access and power to friends and loyalists who are not on the government payroll but work as lobbyists or retain significant outside business interests. […] Mr. Lewandowski started his new business, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, in May, according to corporate documents filed in Delaware, eight days after he announced he would part ways with the Washington lobbying firm he helped found, Avenue Strategies. Mr. Lewandowski has recently discussed expanding the new firm by adding, among others, two more Trump insiders — the former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie and George Gigicos, who stepped down Monday as Mr. Trump’s White House advance director — according to two associates.” [New York Times, 8/1/17]

Corey Lewandowski works for big oil companies, including the
Russian-backed American Ethane Company and Venezuelan state-owned Citgo.

Turnberry Solutions Lobbied For American Ethane Company, An Energy Producer Funded By Russian Billionaires That Was Also Involved With A Chinese Aluminum Company. “A lobbying firm run by former advisors to President Donald Trump is representing American Ethane Company, an energy producer funded by Russian billionaires that is involved with a Chinese aluminum company. Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying group run by former Trump campaign advisor Jason Osborne, has signed American Ethane as a client, according to a new lobbying disclosure form. The filing was posted on the Senate lobbying disclosure website on Tuesday. […]American Ethane touts a contract it signed with the Nanshan Group, an aluminum production company based in China. The development also comes as the Trump administration is engaged in high-stakes trade talks with the Chinese government. […] Turnberry also touts former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and onetime Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke as senior advisors. Zinke resigned from the administration last year amid numerous ethics investigations and complaints, while Lewandowski has reportedly continued to advise Trump from an outside position. The filing lays out the top two foreign investors backing the ethane producer. Konstantin Nikolaev, a Russian billionaire with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion, is listed as an investor with a 30 percent stake in the company.” [CNBC, 2/21/19]

February 2017: Venezuelan Oil Company, Citgo, Hired Lewandowski’s Lobbying Firm For $25,000 A Month. “A firm co-founded by Donald Trump’s initial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, quietly agreed to lobby for the oil company Citgo as the company, which is owned by the leftist government of Venezuela, was becoming increasingly embroiled in tensions involving the United States, Venezuela and Russia. Officials with Lewandowski’s firm, Avenue Strategies, confirmed that last month it formalized a $25,000-a-month lobbying contract with Citgo. The officials initially told POLITICO that the firm had filed legally required paperwork revealing the contract to the U.S. government on Feb. 20. […]Sources familiar with the contract say that Avenue Strategies was brought on by Citgo to help provide access to the Trump administration amid calls for the U.S. to seize the company’s assets as a way to expand the impact of sanctions against Venezuela. But the revelation of Avenue’s previously unreported contract with Citgo comes at an awkward moment for the company, Lewandowski and the Trump White House. […]And Citgo, the U.S. refining arm of Venezuela's state-owned oil company, is under increasing scrutiny as the Trump administration takes a tougher line against the cash-strapped government of Venezuela, which has been accused of human rights abuses and drug trafficking.” [Politico, 5/3/17]

Lewandowski’s Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Pitched Citgo, The American Subsidiary Of Venezuela’s State-Owned Oil Company, Eventually Signing Them. “But as companies and countries vied for Trump’s ear over the spring, the new Trump lobbyists found themselves competing with one another as much as with the established Washington firms. Ballard, for example, had explored working for members of the Venezuelan opposition. (‘I’m no world-peace guy,’ he told me, ‘but I think I can help a little bit.’) Lewan­dowski’s firm, meanwhile, was pitching Citgo, the American subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. (Avenue eventually signed Citgo, and in August the Trump administration would partly exempt the company from a new round of sanctions on the Venezuelan government.)” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

Corey Lewandowski has worked for Serbian nationalists, Azerbaijan, and
would work for just about any other foreign interest.

A Lewandowski-Affiliated Lobbying Firm, Twin Rocks Global, Lobbied For A Russian-Back Serbian Nationalist Party In Bosnia, The Alliance Of Independent Social Democrats. “Former Trump campaign aides Jason Osborne and Michael Rubino are setting up a new foreign lobbying firm. The firm will represent a Russian-backed Serbian nationalist party, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act records filed two weeks ago. The filing, first reported by Mother Jones, shows that Osborne and Rubino's new shop, known as Twin Rocks Global LLC, is headquartered in former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's Washington, D.C., townhouse. Osborne and Rubino registered their other lobbying firm, Turnberry Solutions, at the same address earlier this year. […] Osborne and Rubino previously worked as lobbyists for Lewandowski's Avenue Strategies firm. […]The filing states that Osborne and Rubino's new venture will act as a consultant for the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), a Serbian political party in Bosnia that cooperates with the ruling party in Russia, according to ABC.” [The Hill, 8/7/18]

  • Turnberry Solutions Lobbyists And Lewandowski Founded A Foreign Lobbying Firm, Twin Rocks Global, That Was Headquartered At Lewandowski’s D.C. Town House. “Former Trump campaign aides Jason Osborne and Michael Rubino are setting up a new foreign lobbying firm. The firm will represent a Russian-backed Serbian nationalist party, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act records filed two weeks ago. The filing, first reported by Mother Jones, shows that Osborne and Rubino's new shop, known as Twin Rocks Global LLC, is headquartered in former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's Washington, D.C., townhouse. Osborne and Rubino registered their other lobbying firm, Turnberry Solutions, at the same address earlier this year.” [The Hill, 8/7/18]

  • 2019: Lewandowski Worked As A Senior Adviser At Washington Lobbying Firm, Turnberry Solutions. “Ryan Zinke, who resigned as interior secretary last year amid scandal, is teaming up with Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, to work as senior advisers at Washington lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions. Jason Osborne, a partner at Turnberry, said Lewandowski won’t do any work that would require him to register as a lobbyist, but said that Zinke was likely to do so.” [Politico, 2/13/19]

Lewandowski Was Accompanied To A Conference In Belgrade Serbia By Turnberry Solutions Lobbyists, Mike Rubino And Jason Osborne, Where A Serbian Opposition Leader And Former Foreign Minister Claimed Lewandowski Was Attempting To Broker A Contract For Turnberry To Lobby For The Serbian President, Aleksander Vucic. “Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski showed up in Belgrade, Serbia, on Monday, where he spoke at a roundtable event for business officials on the topic of “America Today.” But his visit raised questions about whether he was also there as a lobbyist—activity Lewandowski has denied doing since the 2016 election—with one prominent local politician accusing Lewandowski of seeking a deal to help Serbia’s president gain access to President Trump. […] Lewandowski was accompanied by Mike Rubino and Jason Osborne, two former Trump campaign aides who are now registered lobbyists for Turnberry Solutions—a firm headquartered in the Capitol Hill townhouse where Lewandowski lives and which his friends have dubbed ‘The Lewandowski Embassy.’ […] A leading member of the Serbian opposition party, Vuk Jeremic, claimed Tuesday that during Lewandowski’s recent visit he was attempting to broker a contract for Turnberry to represent Serbian President Aleksander Vucic in Washington. “He came to Serbia to agree this [deal],” Vuk Jeremic, leader of a the Sebian People’s Party, told a local television station on Tuesday. The lawmaker, a former Serbian foreign minister, also alleged that Lewandowski offered to set up phone calls between the Vucic and President Donald Trump.” [Mother Jones, 4/27/18]

Politico: Lewandowski Touted His Access To Trump, Promising The Azerbaijani Ambassador To The U.S. That He Could Get The Azerbaijani President A Meeting With Trump. “Turnberry is also making overtures to foreign governments, according to a source familiar with the firm. Lewandowski, Rubino and Osborne flew to Poland earlier this month to pitch the Polish government, according to the source. Lewandowski has touted his access to Trump outside his work with Turnberry, too. In a recent conversation with Elin Suleymanov, the Azerbaijani ambassador to the U.S., Lewandowski promised that he could get the Azerbaijani president a meeting with Trump, according to a source familiar with the exchange.” [Politico, 9/22/19]

Lewandowski Actively Sought To Represent Foreign Government And Consult On Overseas Elections, With Members Of His Firm Meeting With Officials In Albania And Kosovo. “Some of Donald Trump’s former campaign hands are rushing to sign lucrative deals with foreign clients, shrugging off their own pledges to avoid foreign lobbying and the president’s vow to ‘drain the swamp.’ Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whose partner, Barry Bennett, had said last year that their new firm wouldn’t lobby for foreign nations, is among those searching for foreign gold. Lewandowski and Bennett are actively seeking to represent foreign governments and consult on overseas elections, and members of the firm have met in recent weeks with officials from Albania and Kosovo. […] Lewandowski’s firm is one of a handful of upstarts looking to undercut the lobbying giants that for years dominated the market for foreign lobbying work in Washington. They’re betting their experience on Trump’s campaign and relationships with former colleagues now in his administration can woo foreign governments away from more established rivals.” [Politico, 4/3/17]

Members Of Lewandowski’s Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Had Discussions With Prospective Clients In Africa, Asia, Europe And Latin America. “Lewandowski’s firm, Avenue Strategies, is also stocked with former Trump hands. The firm has hired Ed Brookover and Jason Osborne, who worked as senior advisers on the campaign, as well as Mike Rubino, who oversaw Trump’s campaign in several states, including Virginia. Osborne confirmed the firm had met with officials from Albania and Kosovo. He wouldn’t name other countries but said members of the firm had had discussions with countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. While the firm is open to lobbying for foreign nations in Washington, Osborne said, initial efforts have been weighted toward working on foreign elections, ‘taking what we learned on this campaign for Trump’ and applying it overseas. ‘We’re open to doing quite a number of things for foreign governments,’ Osborne said. ‘A lot of our focus right now has been on how we can help them in their own countries.’” [Politico, 4/3/17]

Lewandowski’s Lobbying Firm, Avenue Strategies, Reached Out To The State Department On Behalf Of The Indiana Government TO Try To Arrange A Meeting Between India’s Foreign Secretary And Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson. “And then there were the promises that Lewandowski and his Avenue colleagues made to potential clients outside the United States. Although he and Bennett told reporters when they founded the firm that they had no plans to work for any foreign governments, that approach was quickly abandoned. Since January, Lewandowski or other Avenue employees pitched the firm's services to multiple foreign embassies in Washington and, according to sources, reached out to State Department officials on behalf of the Indian government to try to arrange a meeting between that country's foreign secretary and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. […] Lewandowski and Bennett also traveled to the Middle East and Central America to drum up business.” [GQ, 5/17/17

Lewandowski Owned Another Lobbying Firm, Washington East West Political Strategies, That Was A Vehicle For Overseas Consulting And Had Circulated At Least One Written Proposal Promising To Arrange Meetings With Trump And Other Administration Officials. “Proximity was proving an especially mixed blessing for Lewandowski. A stream of news stories had detailed promises he was supposedly making to clients, which he mostly denied — not just phone calls with Trump but also visits with White House officials and even access to Trump’s Twitter account. In late April, Politico reported that Lewandowski and Bennett also owned another, separate company called Washington East West Political Strategies. This new firm, a vehicle for overseas consulting, had circulated at least one written proposal promising to arrange meetings with Trump and other administration officials, seeming to undercut Lewandowski’s earlier denials.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

  • Washington East West Political Strategies Had Pitched Albania’s Socialist Prime Minister, Edi Rama, As A Client. “In late April, Politico reported that Lewandowski and Bennett also owned another, separate company called Washington East West Political Strategies. This new firm, a vehicle for overseas consulting, had circulated at least one written proposal promising to arrange meetings with Trump and other administration officials, seeming to undercut Lewandowski’s earlier denials. I later obtained a copy of the proposal, which named the potential client: Edi Rama, Albania’s Socialist prime minister. The new firm — or as Bennett later explained, a business associate in Europe, acting without authorization — had pitched opposing candidates in the same campaign.” [New York Times, 8/30/17]

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