CLEVELAND — Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been advising billionaires thinking of setting up a pro-Trump super-PAC, he told The Hill on Wednesday.
Lewandowski's acknowledgement of his role comes shortly after he flatly denied involvement in any super-PAC in a statement to BuzzFeed, the news outlet that broke the story.
Lewandowski, who is now a CNN contributor, initially repeated the denial to The Hill.
"I'm not raising money for anyone. I have nothing to do with any super-PACs," Lewandowski said via text message on Wednesday morning.
But confronted with more detailed information obtained by The Hill, Lewandowski admitted to The Hill that billionaire GOP mega-donors Joe and Kelly Craft had asked him for advice in forming a possible new group.
"I offered advice. That's what they asked for," Lewandowski said.
"I'm not involved in it. I don't get paid, don't consult, just told people HOW to do it."
There are at least three other pro-Trump super-PACs — the most prominent being the Great America PAC, run by former Reagan adviser Ed Rollins, and another named Rebuilding America Now, which is run by allies of current Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
But none of these pro-Trump super-PACs has yet achieved full lift-off, and there are suspicions among the donor community about how some of these groups are handling their money.
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson has refused the pitch of at least one of these groups because he didn't trust the stewards, sources familiar with the conversations told The Hill.
Campaign finance law dictates that Lewandowski abide by a 120-day “cooling off” period before he can legally become a full-fledged employee of an outside group supporting a candidate he once worked for.
Lewandowski was seen by numerous people on Sunday night having dinner with the Crafts and another GOP mega-donor, wrestling magnate and former Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon, at Johnny's Downtown restaurant in Cleveland.
"I had dinner with friends that's all I did," Lewandowski said.
"No crime in that."