And just when you think you’ve heard it all about Donald Trump and how Washington produces interesting bedfellows, get this: A highly successful K Street lobbyist is throwing a soiree for the presumptive Republican nominee, with the initial goal of raising upwards of $250K for Donald J. Trump‘s general election campaign.
Word of this fundraiser, billed as the first for Trump since he has largely been self-financing up until this point, has been emblazoned on popular websites. So it should be quite an event. (The PR firm must be working overtime on this one!)
U.S. News and World Report: The headline… D.C. Lobbyists Look to Fund Trump
“One of the tenets of Donald Trump’s presidential primary campaign has been his distaste for lobbyists, the “special interests” they represent and the oodles of money they raise for politicians,” writes U.S. News and World Report.
“Now, those same much-maligned lobbyists are eagerly coming to Trump’s aid, placing the presumptive Republican nominee in an awkward spot.
“Jack Burkman, the founder of lobbying firm JM Burkman & Associates who last September took out a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Daily News calling Trump a ‘joke,’ is now organizing what he’s calling one of the first significant fundraisers for Trump’s general election campaign.”
Far left wing The Huffington Post took a snarky look at the event and the ultra-Conservative lobbyist himself, with the headline: A Notorious Washington Lobbyist Wants to Raise Money for Trump.
“What do you do if you’re a Republican lobbyist and your party’s presumptive presidential nominee thinks your industry is abominable?” rhetorically asks The Huffington Post. “If you’re an enterprising influence-peddler like the semi-notorious Jack Burkman, you throw a fundraiser without the candidate’s consent, raise as much as possible, and hope it gets you in the door if the nominee becomes desperate for cash.
“Burkman will host what he calls ‘The First General Election Fundraiser for Donald J. Trump for President’ on June 1. He hopes to raise as much as $300,000.
The Washington Examiner offered the headline: Former critic plans ‘Lobbyists for Trump’ Fundraiser.
“A top Washington lobbyist who previously called Donald Trump “a joke,” now plans to host a series of fundraisers for the Republican presidential front-runner,” the Examiner writes. “Jack Burkman of J.M. Burkman and Associates will host government relations professionals and other lobbyists in the D.C. suburb of Arlington, Va. on June 10 to discuss his plan to raise $200 million over the next six months for the leading GOP candidate to use should he make it to the general election.”
And on POLITICO (reporting based on the US News & World Report story): LOBBYISTS FOR TRUMP: Jack Burman, founder of lobbying firm JM Burkman & Associates, is organizing one of the first fundraisers for Donald Trump, who has volubly spurned special interests, reports David Catanese for U.S. News & World Report. Burkman said he hopes to raise as much as $300,000.
So will Donald Trump take money from Jack Burkman and other lobbyists?
Now the question becomes, when Jack Burkman and his cohorts produce that huge haul of cash for the campaign, will the former reality show star Donald Trump take it? Burkman says he this will be first of many fundraisers he and his colleagues will get going.