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The man behind Trump Jr's payday

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The terms of Trump Jr.’s contract with the university was first reported by North Texas Daily, the student newspaper.

Ryan LLC specializes in reducing taxes for corporations by any means necessary, including lobbying, securing tax incentives, and challenging tax assessments. “Liberating our clients from the burden of being overtaxed, freeing their capital to invest, grow, and thrive,” is the Ryan LLC motto. According to the company website, it represents scores of Fortune 1000 companies, including “81% of the oil and gas, mining, and refining companies that comprise the Fortune 500.”

Ryan LLC boasts that it has “achieved great success helping shape legislative, regulatory, and judicial issues impacting tax matters across North America” by leveraging “well-connected, highly seasoned government affairs professionals.”

Trump Jr. remains in close contact touch with his father and frequently represents him in the media and at political events.

Asked about whether securing a lucrative contract for Trump Jr. just as his father’s administration takes up tax reform could be seen as an effort to curry favor for his clients, Brint Ryan told ThinkProgress that he doesn’t “need to curry favor with anyone on Tax Reform (or anything else for that matter).” Rather, “[a]s a tax practitioner, I’m routinely asked my opinions on tax reform and I freely give them.”

Ryan said that while the fee to Trump Jr. is “more than we have paid in the past” he “couldn’t care less.” He noted that the event was a scholarship fundraiser and he expected “attendance to be much greater than prior lectures.”

Some of those who will be donating money, Ryan acknowledged, will be his company’s corporate tax clients. Those donations, according to the terms of Trump Jr.’s contract, could entitle these companies to a private audience with the president’s son.

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