Lewandowski to leave lobbying firm: report
President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will leave the lobbying and consulting firm Avenue Strategies and dissolve his partnership with the firm’s co-founder, Barry Bennett, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.
Lewandowski has faced recent accusations that he used the firm to peddle access to the White House and participated in lobbying activities without proper registration.
The former campaign operative is not a registered lobbyist and says he only work with clients in an advisory capacity.
Avenue Strategies, which Lewandowski founded with Bennett after Trump’s victory in November, will continue to operate under its current name, Bennett told Bloomberg, adding that Lewandowski brought bad publicity to the firm.
“No matter how much work we do it’s always going to be Lewandowski in the headline,” Bennett, another former Trump campaign adviser, said.
An offshoot of the firm – Washington East West Political Strategies – was dissolved on Wednesday. A Politico report last week revealed that the firm had been offering access to the Oval Office to potential clients in Eastern Europe.
Lewandowski denied any involvement with Washington East West Political Strategies, telling Bloomberg its creation was one of several activities that he hadn’t authorized. Bennett said that, while Avenue Strategies owned equity of the offshoot, Lewandowski was not involved.