- The president’s re-election campaign is paying Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump, the significant others of Trump’s sons, $180,000 a year each, according to a HuffPost report.
- Two unofficial White House advisers told HuffPost the payments are made through companies owned by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in order to avoid FEC disclosure requirements.
- “I can pay them however I want to pay them,” Parscale told HuffPost.
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Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., and Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump, are being “secretly” paid $15,000 a month each by the president’s re-election campaign, White House advisers familiar with the payments told HuffPost.
According to the HuffPost report, the payments total $180,000 a year for each of the president’s son’s significant others. The news outlet cited two “GOP sources” who are also informal White House advisers, as confirming the amount to HuffPost.
The payments are reportedly made through companies owned by Brad Parscale — Trump’s re-election campaign manager — in order to skirt Federal Election Commission requirements that mandate political campaigns disclose detailed spending reports, HuffPost reported.
“I can pay them however I want to pay them,” Parscale told HuffPost when he was asked about the payments.
The president’s re-election campaign did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment Saturday.
According to the report, both Guilfoyle and Lara Trump have had various roles in supporting the president’s bid for re-election.
In his 2016 campaign, Lara Trump made media appearances on behalf of Trump. She now acts as a “senior adviser” on the campaign and has continued to participate in “Women for Trump” events. Parscale had previously said Trump was working for his company, according to HuffPost.
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host, has regularly attended Trump’s campaign events with Trump Jr., HuffPost reported. In January, Guilfoyle was named chair of Trump Victory, a fundraising committee used by both Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.
“Kimberly has been a powerful and effective leader and surrogate for President Trump and her expanded role will only make the re-election campaign stronger,” Parscale said in January, according to The Hill. “The President’s record of achievement is attracting unprecedented support and Kimberly will lead the effort to convert that into the resources we’ll need to win.”
The existence of such payments was first reported last month by The New York Times, though the HuffPost report Friday marked the first time the payment amounts were disclosed.