#StayWoke: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee Paid $26,000,000 to Melania’s Homegirl

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff leaves Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 5, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff leaves Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 5, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

So, get this: Six weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Melania Trump’s longtime homegirl, and current senior adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff started a company that received the largest payout from Trump’s inauguration committee.


According to the New York Times, Wolkoff created WIS Media Partners of Marina del Rey, Calif., just six weeks before the president was to take office and was paid close to $26 million by the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, a nonprofit group chaired by longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack.

The Times notes that Wolkoff received $25,843,509 for “event production services,” according to mandatory tax documents filed by the group.


After the inauguration, Wolkoff took a reportedly nonpaid position as a senior adviser to the first lady. Melania Trump “had no involvement” in planning the inauguration, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN Thursday, and had “no knowledge of how funds were spent.”

“Stephanie Wolkoff is a special government employee with the Office of the first lady,” she added. “She volunteers her time and receives no salary for her efforts.”

CNN notes that there’s a good chance that the majority of the money awarded to Wolkoff’s company went to pay vendors and event coordinators, but the report did note that Wolkoff cleared a cool $1.62 million for her efforts.

Wolkoff did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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I’m going to ask you a questions and I want you all to answer it honestly. Yes I know I’m asking a lot of you, Take any of the scandals that are currently engulfing this shit show of an administration and substitute the name Obama for Trump and tell me what the reaction of you, The GOP and Fox News would be. If it is anything other than a full shutdown of the government and the constant yelling for his removal from office, then you are full of shit. I want to thank you for showing how full of shit and morally vacant you all are as people by continuing to support this man and by proxy The GOP. It was exhausting being polite to you assholes.


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