Corey Lewandowski advises T-Mobile. According to LeCanowski, Lewandowski advises T-Mobile on Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm launched last year by two veterans of President Donald Trump's campaign led by Lewandowski before he was released
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T-Mobile discontinued Turnberry last year, but Lewandowski has denied any connection to the company in the past. "I have nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions," he said POLITICO in September
But T-Mobile said Friday that Lewandowski had advised the company as part of its work with Turnberry over the proposed merger.
"Corey Lewandowski is now affiliated with this company and they have been offering D perspective on T-Mobile on a variety of topics, including the pending transaction," T-Mobile said in a statement.
The agreement was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Lewandowski did not respond to a request for comment.
Jason Osborne, a Turnberry lobbyist, said in an interview that Lewandowski acts as an "unpaid strategic adviser" to the company and has never lobbied for his clients.
"Corey Lewandowski never got any money from Turnberry Solutions," said Osborne. "He is not a paid employee of the company."
Lewandowski founded a lobby firm, Avenue Strategies, with another Trump campaign veteran few weeks after Trump was elected. But he never signed up as a lobbyist and said he had done consulting work that did not fit the definition of lobbying.
Lewandowski left Avenue last year after questions asked whether he sold entry to the president. Two of Lewandowski's former colleagues on the Avenue, Mike Rubino and Osborne, left the company for the same he had made and founded Turnberry, which brought several of the Avenue's former customers. Lewandowski sometimes lived and worked in the same Capitol Hill Row House that served as Turnberry's headquarters, but he insisted that he had no connection to the company.
Osborne declined to say when Lewandowski became an informal adviser to Turnberry
"Corey has been providing advice and advice for over 20 years as a friend, and this relationship has never changed," Osborne said.
There is evidence that Lewandowski has at least offered advice to other Turnberry customers, too. Joel Sheltrown, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Turnberry's Elio Motors customer, told POLITICO last year that Lewandowski had participated in a conference call with Turnberry.
Lewandowski also works as a consultant for Mike Pance, Head of Vice President PAC
The PAC did not respond immediately to a request for a comment. Marty Obst, executive director of the PAC, told the Wall Street Journal that Lewandowski had been "nothing but professionalism."
"As far as I know, he has never mentioned clients before the vice president and the vice president," said Fruits.
T-Mobile is not the only telecommunications company to turn to the President's staff for advice on Trump's Washington. AT & T secretly hired Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, to pay him $ 600,000 in consulting fees.
Like Lewandowski, Cohen offered the company's advice without registering as a lobbyist. Randall Stephenson, managing director of AT & T, later apologized for hiring Cohen and said it was a "big mistake".
T-Mobile has a larger presence in Washington and has recently spent more than $ 8.3 million on lobbying in the year, according to the disclosure hurls. The company retains nine other lobbying companies in addition to Turnberry.
The company said it shut down Turnberry in August, though Turnberry did not sign up with T-Mobile until January. Osborne said Turnberry's work for T-Mobile in the first few months did not require the company to register.
A volume of work Document provided the Turnberry for T-Mobile on July 29 – months before T-Mobile announced the proposed merger – and that was obtained from POLITICO that Turnberry "meeting with key administrators to work towards an active dialogue that will be at the forefront of all the steps in which T-Mobile operates the Telecom Business Community. "
T-Mobile has paid Turnberry $ 100,000 in lobby fees, according to T-Mobile Disclosure claims, although this does not include previous payments for work that Turnberry did not count as lobbying.
Marianne LeVine and Daniel Lippman helped to report.