“Let’s start playing offense a little bit. That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program,” Mr. Clark said.
Mr. Clark, a veteran of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, served for a time as White House director of intergovernmental affairs. He subsequently became a partner in the Washington office of the Milwaukee-based firm Michael Best & Friedrich
Mr. Clark also joined with Mr. Stepien to form a political consulting firm called National Public Affairs, according to corporate filings. The firm has been paid more than $650,000 by a wide range of campaigns, campaign finance filings and other documents show, for activities that continued at least through the end of last month.
It is unusual for top aides to a presidential bid to simultaneously moonlight for other campaigns. Their clients, all Republicans, have included Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia and Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who were both coaxed by Mr. Trump to leave the Democratic Party; Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the former White House physician running for a northern Texas congressional seat; and Kathaleen Wall, who on Tuesday lost a runoff to represent the Houston area in Congress.
National security leaders urge federal funding for election security.
A bipartisan group of former national security officials is urging Congress to provide more funding for states to shore up election security as the country faces the threat of hostile foreign actors seeking to undermine confidence in the electoral process and as it prepares to hold the November elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The group of 34 national security leaders, including Chuck Hagel, Tom Ridge, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Michael Chertoff, Leon Panetta and Madeleine Albright, argue in a letter sent to Congress on Monday that the funding provided in the most recent coronavirus aide package, the CARES act, “has not been enough” to help states cover the costs of expanding mail-in ballots and providing protective equipment for in-person voting.
“To cover some of the shortfall, state election officials have redirected federal funds that were intended for election security improvements,” the letter states. “Local election officials from both parties have expressed the need for more resources to ensure that voters can participate safely in elections this year, and urged Congress to provide more funding in the next coronavirus stimulus package.”