Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and owner of the lobbying firm of Cove Strategies, was paid $750,000 to secure a pardon for a Trump donor — and failed to come through.
Schlapp is best known for running the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Last week, @nytmike & I revealed that MATT SCHLAPP was hired to lobby TRUMP for a pardon for Trump donor PETE PETIT. https://t.co/7gAUSfMj4c@MSCHLAPP disclosed yesterday he was paid $750k for that work between 12/17 & 12/31.
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) January 22, 2021
It turns out, Schlapp was paid big bucks by Parker “Pete” Petit to use his connections to the White House and get him a pardon for the securities fraud he was convicted of in 2019. He currently faces up to 20 years in prison.
Schlapp had two weeks to secure the pardo