Melania Trump's convention speechwriter listed on July payroll
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE's presidential campaign paid the writer of Melania Trump's Republican National Convention speech $356.01 in July, according to campaign filings. 


The Trump campaign committee paid Meredith McIver on July 23, according to Federal Election Commission data released Saturday. 

McIver took the blame for the speech that received backlash after a reporter noticed its similarities to an address that first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE gave in 2008.

Some journalists and onlookers questioned whether McIver even existed after the campaign released a statement from her apologizing for the error.

McIver was mentioned during a 2007 interview with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and has co-authored some of his books.