If his aides and allies get their way, Donald Trump will exclude from big money contracts the vendors and consultants who fought against him in the Republican primary, Politico
"The Never Trump vendors and supporters shouldn't be in striking distance of the RNC, any of its committees or anyone working on behalf of Donald Trump," a Trump campaign official told Politico.
The Trump campaign did not give an official response to inquiries regarding vendors, but Politico reported the billionaire developer's team would make contracting decisions on a case-by-case basis. The harder-hitting vendors, for example, would likely be barred.
Politico highlighted four vendors that worked against Trump during the primary — Tarrance Group, Campaign Solutions, Targeted Point and Targeted Victory — that had been paid at least $432,000 by the leading Anti-Trump Super PAC. Compare that to $16 million those firms collected from the RNC over the years.
RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer told Politico that the campaign has not communicated a list of firms it does not want the RNC using.
But the doling out of contracts worth millions for phone banking, direct mail campaigns, voter data et al is an annual source of friction — who gets to make those decisions.
Depending on who's talking, it's a nefarious game of control over the contracts, or it's folly, given that he campaign will want the best strategists and consultants money can buy.
But with millions of dollars at stake, better to not be on the side of #NeverTrump.
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