Nearly one year after she lost the presidential election to Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton continues to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a number of longtime aides from her campaign committee, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The question becomes, “Why”?
Is she keeping her staff on the payroll so they don’t work for other campaigns? Can it be she is paying them to remain silent about what took place during the campaign? Or is she keeping them warm and ready for a 2020 run? Share your opinion with us by submitting an opinion using our submit news button. Click here.
Whatever the answer is, here’s a rundown of those campaign aides still receiving salaries from Clinton’s presidential campaign committee, Hillary for America:
- Longtime aide and campaign vice chair Huma Abedin was paid approximately $67,000 since the election.
- Nicholas Merrill, former Hillary for America spokesman, has been paid $24,357 this year from the campaign.
- Jenna Lowenstein, deputy digital director for Clinton’s campaign, received $7,831.59 from the campaign in January. After these payments, Lowenstein was paid $27,508.48 between February and April from Priorities USA, the largest liberal super PAC that backed Clinton’s presidency. She was again compensated $8,750 from Clinton’s campaign for digital consulting and technology services between April and late September, the filings show.
- Kelly Mehlenbacher, the treasury manager for Hillary for America, has been paid $38,117 from the campaign this year. In May, she became the chief operating officer of Onward Together, a political action group launched by Clinton earlier this year to fund established anti-Trump “resistance” groups that can quickly counter Trump and Republicans with direct action and protests. Clinton’s campaign transferred $800,000 of its funds to Onward Together on May 1, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.
- Longtime aide Robert Russo has received nearly $36,000 in 2017 from Hillary for America. Russo now works in Clinton’s personal office.
- Opal Vadhan, advance associate for Hillary for America, has earned $12,200 from the campaign this year.
- Grady Keefe, also a member of the campaign who has accompanied Clinton on recent book signings, received $17,300.
- Elizabeth Jones, the chief operating officer of Hillary for America, took in $95,000 from the campaign this year.