Politico, September 1, 2018 – The Obama campaign paid $10 million to about 1,600 staffers for an additional salary, a senior campaign official told Politico.
The amount was part of the campaign’s push to hire more full-time employees.
The official said that campaign officials will continue to provide staff with compensation, and that they will not increase the pay.
The senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also said that the campaign has decided to pay staff as much as $100 per hour and that the pay will continue.
The campaign paid staff salaries in the range of $47,000 to $71,000 last year.
The number of employees in the Obama camp will increase from about 4,000 people to 5,000.
The candidate’s campaign has been criticized for not paying the required amount of payroll taxes on their employees’ wages.
Obama campaign officials have defended the pay as part of an effort to grow the campaign, which is trying to win the White House in November.
It’s the first time the campaign paid employees for the extra salary, which the campaign declined to disclose.
This year, the campaign also raised more than double its $15 million budget to $20 million.