The practice of shuttling Trump allies over to these groups is getting new attention after former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed that Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, had offered her a $15,000-a-month contract as “hush money” to work for the campaign after she got fired, provided she sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Several Trump allies and administration officials privately said they view these outside jobs — like it or not — as way to keep potentially problematic people on the payroll, or to reward people for their extreme fealty.
“It is blind loyalty and the attitude is, ‘We owe these people since they were there from the beginning. They went through all of this shit and deserve a piece of the pie.’ That is how the world of politics works,” said one administration official. “What they are doing incorrectly is that they have gone overboard with the crazy people.”