â€œFor a president who campaigned vociferously against the swamp, the guys who helped him get elected now are becoming the bigger alligators."
Despite President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp," a growing number of his former campaign staffers are landing big-money deals to work as lobbyists on Washington's K Street.Â
POLITICO reports that Stuart Jolly, who served as Trump's national field director until April, was recently named president of a boutique lobbying firm calledÂ SPG. Jolly was responsible for hiring campaign field operatives who will now fill key posts in Trump's administration, and SPG is co-hosting an inauguration party that's expected to be a hot ticket.Â
Jolly joins former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who recently opened his own lobbying firm in the same building as theÂ president-elect's transition team, and former political director Jim Murphy, who's now aÂ senior adviser at K Street powerhouse BakerHostetler.
â€œThere is a YUGE talent war going on for people who are connected to this administration and there are a lot of firms moving as quickly as they can to bring people on,â€ Ivan Adler, a headhunter with the McCormick Group, told POLITICO. â€œFor a president who campaigned vociferously against the swamp, the guys who helped him get elected now are becoming the bigger alligators. Thatâ€™s what happens.â€
According to POLITICO, it's just the latest example of Trump's "drain the swamp" campaign slogan "running into the realities of Washington."Â
"The president-elect got heat for packing his early transition team with lobbyists, and his Cabinet picks feature a number of high-dollar donors, including WWE co-founder Linda McMahon, Michigan billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, and former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager Steve Mnuchin," the site notes.Â
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