Politico: Lewandowski’s Consulting Firm Offers Face Time With Trump

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, waits before the start of a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has launched a consulting firm offering international clients access to the President, Vice President, and other key members of the administration, Politico reported Friday.

In a document offered to an Eastern European politician by Lewandowski’s Washington East West Political Strategies and obtained by Politico, the firm promises to secure “meetings with well-established figures” and “key members of the U.S. Administration,” including Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Clients, the document reportedly says, will benefit from their “trusted relations with the U.S. Administration.”

Lewandowski’s firm was co-founded with former Trump campaign adviser Barry Bennett, an executive at Azerbaijan’s state oil company and a U.S. political consultant who works in Russia, and is focused on getting new political clients in Eastern Europe, according to Politico. Bennett and Lewandowski have established a small cluster of geographically targeted firms, built in coordination with their D.C.-based Avenue Strategies, that leverage their friendly relationship with the White House to secure clients.

Lewandowski did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Bennett told Politico he had not seen the Washington East West Political Strategies document but that their primary focus was policy consulting, not lobbying.

The pair founded Avenue Strategies roughly one month before Inauguration Day. The firm’s D.C. office is located a stone’s throw from the White House, and their biographies heavily advertise their connections to the Trump campaign and administration.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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