It appears that the Trump campaign is still hiding large sum payments being made to Trump campaign’s top staff members from federal regulators.
Those payments include ones being made to campaign manager Bill Stepien, chief strategist Jason Miller, Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Eric Trump’s wife Lara Trump, new campaign filings have revealed.
Trump’s campaign filed August’s report on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission. The report shows no payroll payments to several top advisors. The report also has a gap from July still open reports Salon.
The campaign did report salary payments to the chief of staff Stephanie Alexander and senior adviser Katrina Pierson. They were each paid $20,000 per month.
The Trump campaign has also failed to disclose any payments to senior adviser Jason Miller or the new campaign manager, Bill Stepien. Stepien replaced demoted Brad Parscale, who had been Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.
Parscale took a $15,000 a month pay cut along with his demotion. His payments dropped from $47,747 to $32,747 a month from July to August the records show. However, Parscale’s payments were not made directly to him instead they were sent to his firm Parscale Strategy.
Parscale’s firm reportedly funneled salary payments to Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump, who are the partners of Donald Trump’s eldest sons. Both Guilfoyle and Trump received $15,000 a month, which is exactly the amount Parscale’s pay was cut.
The campaign also failed to report paying Stepien a salary, it did, however, list a $300 payment to Stepien on August 18 for “strategy consulting.” The reports do not show direct payments to Miller, but court documents show he made at least $35,000 a month for his campaign work. That amount equals out to more than $420,000 in a yearly salary, which is more than the presidency pays.
The Trump campaign does, however, show payments to Jamestown Associates, a media company that Miller was once a top executive for.
The FEC filings show several payments to Jamestown this year from the Trump campaign, those payments range from $7,500 to $45,000 in the month of June. In July the payments jumped to ranging from $78,000 to $133,800. The payments sent to Jamestown Associates are noted as being for “video production services.”
The media company did produce several campaign ads ahead of the Republican National Convention and the filings show five payments over the course of the month totaling about $210,000.
“A debt and a payment to resolve that debt shouldn’t appear on the same report,” campaign finance expert Brett Kappel told Salon. “An unpaid invoice doesn’t become a reportable debt until it has gone unpaid for 60 days.”
“It may be an accounting error. They paid an invoice that was more than 60 days old,” Kappel continued.
“If so, they should have just reported the payment and never reported it as a debt. It could also be a coincidence that they received two invoices for the same amount, but that seems unlikely given the services they provide. I have seen it happen, however, when a vendor provides the same service repeatedly for a fixed fee.”