Clinton’s Top Aides Still Being Paid with Campaign Money Nearly a Year After Defeat

Filings with the Federal Election Commission have revealed that a number of aides to former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton remain on her campaign committee’s payroll nearly a year after the election.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton’s presidential campaign committee, Hillary for America, continues to pay thousands of dollars to numerous longtime aides, with some also being compensated by liberal political action committees that had supported the campaign.

Although some of the aides on the payroll have continued to be employed by Clinton, others have not, yet are still receiving compensation.

For example, Huma Abedin, who served as vice chairperson of the campaign, was paid nearly $65,000 from mid-November 2016 through the end of June 2017, and continued to receive a check after that, as well.

Abedin received the payments despite the October drama surrounding her and her estranged husband, Anthony Wiener, which Clinton has claimed negatively affected her run for president.

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In her recent book, “What Happened,” Clinton wrote that Abedin “burst into tears” when she learned that the FBI had re-opened its investigation into Clinton’s emails following the discovery of Abedin’s work documents on Weiner’s laptop, as reported by The Hill.

Clinton has since shifted even more of the blame of her 2016 presidential election loss onto the FBI’s investigation.

Other Clinton aides have also been paid this year by the campaign, including former Hillary for America spokesman Nicholas Merrill, who was compensated $24,357 in 2017.

In January, Jenna Lowenstein, who acted as the deputy digital director for Clinton’s campaign, received $7,831.59 from Hillary for America, and was then paid $27,508.48 between February and April from Priorities USA, the largest liberal super PAC that backed Clinton’s presidential bid.

Between April and late September, Lowenstein was again paid $8,750 by Clinton’s campaign for digital consulting and technology services, according to federal filings.

Kelly Mehlenbacher, the treasury manager for Hillary for America, has gone on to become the chief operating officer of Onward Together, a political action group established by Clinton in May to fund “resistance” efforts against the agenda of President Donald Trump, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Despite Mehlenbacher’s new role, she has been paid $38,117 from the Clinton campaign this year.

Hillary for America transferred $800,000 of its funds to Onward Together on May 1, 2017,  theFree Beacon reported in August.

One of Clinton’s closest aides, Robert Russo, who has been with her for 10 years and oversaw correspondence for the campaign, has been paid nearly $36,000 in 2017 from Clinton’s campaign coffers. Russo is now employed in the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state’s personal organization.

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Opal Vadhan, advance associate for Hillary for America, has earned $12,200 from the campaign this year.

Moreover, Grady Keefe, who was a member of the Clinton campaign staff and has most recently accompanied Clinton to book signings, has been paid $17,300.

The chief operating officer of Hillary for America, Elizabeth Jones, has received paychecks totaling $95,000 from the Clinton campaign in 2017.

New York Magazine reported that  Abedin, Merril, Russo, Vadhan and Keefe have remained at Clinton’s side since her election defeat in November.

This post was last modified on October 26, 2017 7:15 am