USA Freedom Kids to sue Donald Trump campaign

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Donald Trump held his alternative event to benefit veterans after withdrawing from the televised Fox News/Google GOP debate which airs at the same time.

Jeff Popick, creator of the USA Freedom Kids musical group, told the Washington Post he will sue the Donald Trump campaign for violating an agreement.

Popick said no deal was made on paper, but discussions with Trump surrogates – including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Popick said he asked for two appearances, but was only given one. Popick asked for $2,500 for the second performance, but the campaign countered by offering to let them sell albums at a table, which was never made available.

After losing money on promotional material it never used, the campaign called to see if the group would perform at another event in Iowa. The group was later informed it would not be performing. The group was given seats at the event, but was asked not to talk to press, which they were seated by. Popick said he had to “be a real jerk” as media continually asked for interviews and to take photos. Popick said he absorbed the cost of the flights, rental car and hotel.

After that, he kept reaching out “again and again and again and again,” without luck. He was passed around between staffers; calls went unreturned even after calls were promised. Emails Popick sent to the campaign (which he shared with The Post) detail the interaction between himself and the campaign and his ultimate request. “We are now asking and DEMANDING for what has been promised to us and is now long-overdue (and has been rightly earned by us); that is, a performance at the convention,” an email dated July 9 reads. “Or, be made whole.”

“I’ve invested a lot of time, effort, money,” he continued, “and it’s just been complete silence.”

Popick has consulted an attorney.

 


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