Donald Trump has become infamous for refusing to pay those who work for him. Numerous contractors and various other people who were hired by Trump report being stiffed after working on Trump’s many real estate projects. More than 3,500 lawsuits have been filed against Trump for refusing to pay workers for the efforts.
Even the Freedom Kids, a group of little girls who performed in their spangly outfits for Trump at some of his rallies are now suing him for not paying them what he owes.
It seems Trump’s presidential campaign is being handled the same way. While Trump brags about the folks he has advising him, the best people, he fails to mention the behind-the-scenes advisers who have worked countless hours to make his campaign look as legitimate as it can.
The Washington Post reports that:
‘Since April, advisers never named in campaign press releases have been working in an Alexandria-based office, writing policy memos, organizing briefings, managing surrogates and placing op-eds. They put in long hours before and during the Republican National Convention to help the campaign look like a professional operation.’
After it became clear there would be no pay, many of the active staffers for the Trump campaign jumped ship. Despite having signed non-disclosure agreements, three of them have spoken anonymously to reporters at The Washington Times and report that Trump’s campaign is a rapidly imploding disaster. All three of those staffers left in August.
Even worse, many report having not been paid for the work they performed.
‘They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.’
The three former advisers say that Sen. Jeff Session’s (R-AL) chief-of-staff, Rick Dearborn, and former chief-of-staff for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) promised advisers financial compensation for their work, but later told them they would need to work on a volunteer basis. Other staffers say they were promised paid position under campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, but their positions were repurposed as unpaid positions once Paul Manafort took over.
Some staffers took a serious financial hit because of the failed promises to pay.
‘I heard it from Dearborn, I heard it from Mashburn. It was understood that we would be paid. The campaign never discussed how much the pay would be. It was never in writing. There were some people who were treating it as a full-time job. I suspect that those people were quite astonished when the pay didn’t come through.’
Meanwhile, Trump and his family are profiting wildly from the Trump campaign for the presidency. Is this how a potential president should operate?