Surprise! Huma Abedin Is Still on the Hillary Clinton Campaign Payroll

| AUG 22, 2017 | 2:11 PM

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Former Vice Chairwoman of the Clinton campaign Huma Abedin is still drawing paychecks from the failed Democratic presidential bid.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Federal Election Commission documents show the trusted Hillary Clinton super-adviser has drawn nearly $65,000 in salary since Trump sealed his election victory in November.

The documents reveal that Abedin was paid in disbursements of $52,180 from Hillary for America and $12,234 from Clinton's campaign committee. Several other Clinton campaign staff drew checks after the campaign loss, such as former press secretary Nick Merrill.

The payouts reveal the extent that Clinton's campaign war chest had more money than it knew what to do with. It shows that not all of the nearly $1.4 billion raised was used during the campaign.

McClatchy reported last September what happens to campaign cash left over in candidates' coffers after failed runs for political office.

“My suspicion is that some of them are sitting on the money,” said Larry Noble, the former chief counsel of the FEC.

Political candidates can transfer their campaign stash to future runs for office.

For example, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) transferred approximately $3 million in presidential campaign funds to his Senate campaign run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used campaign cash to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention, McClatchy points out.

Viveca Novak, editorial and communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics, told McClatchy that the funds can be used to "wind down political operations.”

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If Hillary Clinton still harbors presidential ambitions for 2020, when she would be 73-years-old, it appears the two-time presidential election loser would have Huma Abedin right by her side.

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