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Report: Donald Trump Paid Actors $50 To Cheer At Campaign Launch

| by Sean Kelly

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly paid actors to attend and cheer at his campaign launch event.

The Hollywood Reporter allegedly gained access to an email sent by Extra Mile Casting, a New York-based company, on Friday that sought actors for the event at New York City’s Trump Tower.

“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear T-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” the email, sent on June 12, read. “We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and that is inclusive of this school of thought.”

Pay for the job was $50 per person, for less than three hours of work. 

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When asked to comment, an employee at Extra Mile Casting said the company doesn’t “know anything about that.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Cory Lewandowski, denied that his staff hired paid actors to attend the event.

“Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker,” Lewandowski told The Hollywood Reporter. “The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations.”

Here is the full text of the email allegedly obtained by The Hollywood Reporter:

Hi there—

We are working helping one of are [sic] associates out at Gotham GR - http://gothamgr.com/ with a big event happening on TUESDAY 6/16/15.

This is an event in support of Donald Trump and an upcoming exciting announcement he will be making at this event.

This event is called “People for a Stronger America.” The entire group is a pro-small business group that is dedicated to encouraging Donald Trump and his latest ventures. This event will be televised.

We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement.

We understand this is not a traditional “background job,” but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.

This event is happening LIVE and will be from 8:45AM-11:30AM. LESS THAN 3 HOURS

This will take place inside / interior.

The rate for this is: $50 CASH at the end of the event.

We would love to book you if you are interested and still available.

Please let us know and we will get back to you with confirmation.

Sources: The Hill, Hollywood Reporter

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