Kellyanne Conway’s climb from pollster to White House counselor has been closely watched by the media.
When Conway joined the Trump administration, she and her husband, New York City lawyer George Conway, disclosed assets worth up to $US39.3 million. Much of that wealth came from Kellyanne’s polling business, which she started in 1995, at the age of 28.
While attending law school at George Washington University, Conway worked as an assistant at a firm headed by Richard Wirthlin, who was President Ronald Reagan’s pollster and strategist.
According to New York magazine, after graduation, Conway quickly recognised “there was money to be made” in advising private corporations and politicians on how women vote. The Polling Company — where Conway served as president and CEO — focused on that demographic, working with a roster of private clients that included American Express, Hasbro, and Boeing.
The company’s political clients have included Newt Gingrich, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and ultimately, President Trump.
In October of 2016, Politico reported that the presidential election had netted The Polling Company $US1.9 million from the various candidates Conway had worked with. $US952,000 of that reportedly came from the super PAC that had backed both Ted Cruz, and later, (under a different name) Trump.
Today, much of Conway’s income — somewhere between $US1 million and $US5 million — comes from The Polling Company, and the couple has earned thousands in dividends from stocks. One Citibank account has been valued at between $US500,000 and $US1 million, according to financial disclosure forms.
While The Polling Company’s website states that Conway resigned as President and CEO as of January 20, 2017, an investigation by Slate uncovered evidence that she still retains ownership of the company, which could be considered a federal crime under the criminal conflict of interest statute.
Last week, Rep. Elijah Cummings of the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to The Polling Company’s new CEO, Brett Loyd, requesting more information about Conway’s current standing with the company.
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