Skip to comments.Trump campaign poaches Koch staffers: report
Posted on 02/21/2016 1:27:37 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
The Donald Trump campaign began courting top staffers with the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity late last year, in order to bolster its ground game ahead of big primary nights in March, according to BuzzFeed News.
The billionaire businessman's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is a former AFP state director whose intricate knowledge of New Hampshire paid dividends in that primary.
One top AFP staffer in a March primary state said he was approached by Lewandowski, who told him Trump "was for real. He's going all the way."
"Anecdotally, I'd say a lot of people have been approached," another source close to the group told BuzzFeed. "Itâs not surprising. The staff is the best trained and most experienced."
BuzzFeed said the recruitment effort failed in several states, but the campaign was able to lure some people, especially those who had previous worked for the group but had moved on.
The Trump campaign's ground game was criticized after an underwhelming finish in the Iowa caucuses.
Trump admitted at the time that his campaign "could have done much better with the ground game."
Good for Trump! He learned & adapted. Hired people to do what needed doing. Just what I want in a POTUS!
Trump is a fast learner and after the stumble in IA, he’s executed his playbook to perfection.
And this is a novice with zero political experience.
Smart man. Poaching the human talent but not the currupting Super PAC slush funds.
Smart move by a fast learner
Oh the dreaded Koch Brothers...Liberal heads will explode...I love it!
The Wall Street Journal is calling on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to release his tax returns by the end of the month.
The newspaper's conservative-leaning editorial board wrote Friday that Trump must prove he is as successful in the business world as he says he is.
"One of Donald Trump's claims to presidential competence is his business and financial success, and so he should want voters to see the proof beyond the gilded staircases," they wrote. "He could enhance his credibility on the point by releasing his tax returns."
The Journal catalogued Trump's repeated dodges on the question of his tax returns. They noted that he said in January that "I have everything all approved," but said last week that the returns will still take several months.
"Waiting that long suggests that he'd wait until he wins or loses the nomination, which means before primary voters can get a look," the editorial said.
It warned Trump against falling into the same "bad political mistake" 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made in waiting until two months before that election to release his returns, allowing Democrats to spread speculation about Romney's finances.
The Journal noted that Trump's rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have not released their most recent tax returns, but both publicized their returns when running for Senate in recent years.
Trump on Wednesday accused the Journal of having it out for him, pointing to his poor numbers in polls conducted by the newspaper.
"I think somebody at the Wall Street Journal doesn't like me," he said at an MSNBC town hall in Charleston, S.C.
"I think most of the polls were taken after the debate and they worked out good for me," Trump said. "I have never done well with the Wall Street Journal poll. I don't know. They do these small samples and I don't know exactly what it represents."
LOL! Stopped reading right there.
Folks don’t care if Trump dodges taxes with legal loopholes. That would make him a hero. The less anyone gives to the feds, the better.
Funny how the trumpanzee said were decring the Koch bros as leaders of the cheap labor express now applaude him hiring the same types who the Koch’s use to push open borders. Maybe these guys coached trump on touch and go amnesty?
Is this the same paper that ran those made up poll results on their front page?
Hope they have a moving van, a big store room and at least 100 tax employees they can spare.
Should keep em busy for a few years.
Well, I’m a typical NYer. I thought he meant Ed Koch.
Get a life, CW. You have a habit of picking losers.
Stopped right there as I always do when I see that childishness.
Grow up for crying out loud, you sound like whiney brat.
BTW you getting paid overtime for working on a weekend posting anti-Trump garbage?
Sorry I don’t take orders on what to say, perhaps you should try to tell Trump how to speak about others, pot kettle and all that,.
You'd think it would give pause. But no.
Trump does not have to give the WSJ his tax returns. They have done nothing but kick him in the teeth. I wouldn’t give them a subscription.
#2 you betcha, Here have another glass of that koolaid.
You just wait till your false prophet starts “adapting” with Ryan and McConnell or worse his long lasting friends Nancy and Pelosi and Harry Reid. Mmmmmm Drink up!
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