Corey Lewandowski, at the time campaign manager for Donald Trump
Two top advisers to Donald Trump — including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — are launching a government affairs and consulting firm, a move at odds with the president-elect’s call during the campaign to reduce the influence of political consultants and lobbyists in Washington.
Lewandowski, who served as Trump’s campaign manager until he was ousted in June but has remained a top adviser to the president-elect, is launching the firm along with Barry Bennett, also a senior adviser to Trump who previously served as campaign manager for Ben Carson’s presidential bid. (Carson has since been tapped to head the Housing and Urban Development Department.)
The firm, called Avenue Strategies, boasts that it will offer “guidance designed to help our clients navigate our government.” Its offices lie just blocks from the White House on 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to its website. Its launch was first reported by the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.
The launch of a new political consulting firm by top Trump allies clashes with Trump’s pledge during the campaign to “drain the swamp” in Washington of lobbyists and consultants. Since being elected, Trump has tapped several top donors and some recently deregistered lobbyists for his transition team and administration posts.
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