It looks like Lewandowski is still bought and paid for by the Trump campaign even though he’s working for CNN as a political talking head, according to Erik Wemple from the Washington Post:
An insightful statement has emerged from the Donald Trump campaign. It concerns Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who was apparently fired from his post in June and then quickly signed on as a political commentator for CNN. A couple of weeks later, CNN self-disclosed that their new hire was receiving severance payments from the campaign. Those payments — $20,000 per month to Lewandowski’s Green Monster Consulting — continued in August, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports. In response to questions about the setup, the Trump campaign said:
Corey Lewandowski, who is no longer involved in the campaign, continues to receive monthly severance payments. The campaign will continue to honor its contract with Mr. Lewandowski, which stipulates he will be paid through the end of the year. These payments are in no way compensation for services rendered.
Wow. $20,000/month from a campaign? If that’s his pension, what in the heck was his salary?
I have a better question: what’s this big payment really all about?
Erik Wemple continues:
Hefty payments will continue to land in Lewandowski’s account for as long as the Trump campaign can benefit from the pro-Trump statements that he makes on air, very predictably. It’s apparent that Lewandowski is bound by the nondisclosure/nondisparagement clauses that Trump & Co. require of other employees…
Wemple is right on the money. Trump is essentially paying for Lewandowski’s loyalty through the remainder of this presidential campaign, which contaminates him as a CNN guest host.
You can read the rest of his article here.