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Trump Team Offers Inside Look at Transition Efforts--For $5,000

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading up Donald Trump’s presidential transition planning, will host an “inside look” at how it is unfolding next month for donors who contribute $5,000 to help fund the effort.

Politico’s Playbook reported the news of the fundraiser Tuesday.

The event, for 40 donors, will be held Sept. 15 in Bernards, N.J. “This will be an inside look on the work underway on planning for the transition,” the invitation reads, according to Politico. The donations go to funding the transition, not the Trump campaign. Corporate donations are permitted.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Christie had asked 100 Trump supporters on a private call to donate $5,000 each to help fund transition efforts. He said the campaign hoped to raise a total of $2.5 million to cover transition-related staff and travel costs.

Federal law provides public funding for transitions, but in recent election cycles candidates have also raised their own funds. President Obama raised $4 million in private donations for his 2008 transition, according to the Partnership for Public Service, and received $5.3 million in federal funding.

Christie and other Trump campaign officials, along with representatives of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, met with the White House Transition Coordinating Council last week. Topics covered at the meeting included agency planning efforts, support from the General Services Administration and personnel onboarding processes.

White House officials began meeting with agency transition leaders in June.

Photo: Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Tom Shoop is executive vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees editorial operations at Government Executive, Nextgov, Defense One and Route Fifty. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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