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Trump Campaign Begins Paying Matt Schlapp as His Lobbying Clients Flee


Blue chip clients cut ties last month with the lobbying firm run by Trump confidant Matt Schlapp over his caustic comments about Black Lives Matter protests. But Schlapp’s firm also picked up a new client: the President of the United States.

Trump’s reelection campaign paid Cove Strategies, Schlapp’s lobbying and public affairs shop, $43,567 for communications consulting in June, according to a Federal Election Commission filing on Monday. It was the first time the Trump campaign had paid Cove Strategies, and the first payment the firm has received from any federal political committee since 2012, when it got less than $300 from the political arm of the American Conservative Union, the nonprofit that Schlapp chairs.

Schlapp didn’t immediately respond to questions about his new role for the Trump reelect.

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