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Part Two

👉🏼Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s 26M payday for ‘event planning.’

Let’s first revisit this:

👉🏼Donald Trump and the Case of the $107,000,000
The Rise and Fall of Melania’s long time friend and advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

👉🏼The Inaugural Committee paid wolkoff 26M for ‘event planning.’

👉🏼Who is she? Let’s explore.
Melania & Wolkoff move in the same Manhattan circles.

After divorcing Wolkoff’s father, her mother married Bruce Winston, son of famed jeweler HARRY WINSTON, who eventually adopted Wolkoff.
#Married to David Entratter Wolkoff, a RE developer, (3 children)
9 Things to Know About Melania Trump's New Chief Strategist, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Jay Lewin, the personal lawyer for Bruce's brother Ronald, told Page Six in 2010: "She's a Batinkoff—not a Winston. Stephanie is a Batinkoff of the successful Catskills chicken-farming family. She did not grow up on the Winston estate in Scarsdale."
Stephanie’s husband David Wolkoff made headlines for tearing down a landmark of graffiti art in Queens called 5 Pointz & turning it into luxury apts.


The Wolkoff’s were sued by their son's former tutor Lauren Lowenthal, who alleged that they stiffed her on a $33k bill.

With whom has Wolkoff socialized with in the past?

Aerin Lauder, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Lauren DuPont attend Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2007 Fashion Show
9/08: NY’ers for Children Annual Fall Gala raked in $1.85M:

S. Schwarzman, A. Saffir Jeff Zucker, Zac Posen, B Zilkha, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Heather Mnuchin, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Jessica Joffe, BeyoncéJay-Z, M.Mazur, A. de Rakoff
Who is Stephanie Winston Wolkoff?
Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer writes:

While we can’t all be the granddaughter of “The Jeweler of the Stars”, we can conduct ourselves with similar grace, carriage and the respect of someone who is deserving of great success...
What is the ‘Lauder’ connection to Trump and Russia?

The courtship between Trump & the Soviets began in 1986, when Trump was seated next to Amb Yuri Dubinin at a luncheon given by Leonard Lauder (Estée Lauder cosmetics).

SWW has years of fashion experience, a degree from Loyola University in Communications; she was the manager of Client Services for Sotheby’s before she moved on to the pinnacle of all fashion magazines – Vogue.
After working as a ‘receptionist’ at Sotheby's Auction House in New York, which she says served as her first exposure to event planning. She later worked as an assistant to concert promoter RON DELSENER (before beginning her career at Vogue.)
Who is Ron Delsener?

The Money Man Behind America's Biggest Concerts


During her time at Vogue, one of her biggest fans was Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who reportedly dubbed her "General Winston."

"She's immaculate," Vogue editor Anna Wintour once said of her. "She makes everyone else feel like a complete mess."
Anna Wintour of Vogue & Stephanie Winston Wolkoff #FashionIndustry
After 2.5 years as the fashion director at Lincoln Center, SSW left to start her own agency, SWW Creative, which coordinates relationships between businesses and people in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries.
Her clients included IMG Fashion Worldwide, Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Who is IMG Fashion Worldwide? In 2014 the company became ENDEAVOR -> #Sports #Fashion #Entertainment

Those who have followed Melania Trump's time in the public eye won't be particularly surprised by Winston Wolkoff's appointment. The event planner and First Lady have known each other for nearly 20 years.
20 year friend SWW says Melania's even keel is part of what makes the Trump marriage work. "Donald is always full speed ahead. It is constant with him," she says. "But Melania went into the marriage understanding who he was, and she is accepting of him."
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and her husband David were both in attendance for Trump's NYC victory party on election night.
Melania’s friend Stephanie Winston Wolcoff  is lending a hand to the incoming Trump administration, acting as an adviser to Tom Barrack, the head of Trump's inaugural committee.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff adoptive grandfather is the famous jeweler HARRY WINSTON

Melania Trump has hired New York event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff as a senior adviser, according to a person with knowledge of the hire, taking her first step in assembling a staff to support her as first lady
Wolkoff has deep roots in the fashion industry as a former special events planner for Vogue and a fashion director for the Lincoln Center. And her hiring, shows the new first lady’s attempt to bring her loyal circle of NY friends and staff into DC.
A longtime friend of Melania Trump, Wolkoff made her name staging the glamorous, star-studded Met Gala — a credential she parlayed into a role as lead organizer of the Trump inaugural balls and dinners.
How Melania Trump Is Handling the Role of First Lady

Winston-Wolkoff, who is a longtime friend of the first lady’s, was known to be involved in the inauguration’s planning, but the tax filings do not provide any explanation for her $26 million compensation or a breakdown of her work.
Melania Trump retains adviser whose firm was paid $26 million from Inauguration
Melania Trump hasn’t fired her longtime friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff even after the New York Times broke the news that President Trump's Inaugural Committee paid Wolkoff’s newly-established company a staggering $26 million.
Why it matters: Grisham told Axios the First Lady had no involvement with the person in charge of the Inaugural Committee and "had no knowledge of how funds were spent."
But, even after learning of Wolkoff's payday, Melania Trump has kept her on as her adviser. It’s unclear what tasks, exactly, she performs for the First Lady.
One more thing: The White House points out that Wolkoff works as a “volunteer” for the First Lady, but one could argue she's already done very well out of the relationship:
According to the White House's 2017 Annual Report to Congress on staff personnel, the highest paid staffers (those in Trump's core West Wing staff) make roughly $180k a year.
Ms. Winston Wolkoff’s firm handled everything from securing venues and table settings to arranging Instagram filters and satellite feeds, as well as the transportation of heavy equipment.
The operative said Ms. Winston Wolkoff personally received $1.62 million for her work through her consulting firm, although committee officials said she used that money to help pay other inaugural workers who reported to her.
An anonymous inaugural committee official, said Ms. Winston Wolkoff’s firm also paid the team used by Mark Burnett, the creator of “The Apprentice,” whose involvement in the inaugural festivities was requested by Mr. Trump.
Thread speculating a possible pay off connection re: The Apprentice Tapes

Omarosa article re Apprentice tapes:


The filings for the PIC show that the organization paid nearly $26 million to an obscure event planning firm based in Southern CA. The company, WIS Media Partners, is described in the tax filings as an “event production” firm.
However, California state incorporation records do not list the firm’s owner.

But The New York Times reported today that the firm was started by Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, a New York event planner who has been an adviser to first lady Melania Trump.
“There is a real risk of corruption and self-dealing when corporations, government contractors and other special interests can write massive checks that the inaugural committee can spend with minimal oversight or transparency,” Fischer said.

Re: WIS Media Partners, LLC, i, is the firm founded on December 6, 2016 by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

The inauguration committee reported a profit of $2.7 million after the charitable donations. Despite earlier statements that that profit would go to charity, there was no indication in the tax documents that it had yet been donated.
However, The PIC tax filings show that $3 million was donated to charitable organizations that aided victims of last year’s hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. Other donations went to Washington historical causes.
#Placecard re connections:

HWC jewelry -> #Diamonds
Husband -> #RealEstate business
SWW -> #FashionIndustry #Entertainment
Melania & SWW -> married into wealth (SWW via mother) 20 year friendship
Lauder -> Trump & Russia
Thomas Barrack -> #InauguralCommittee #PIC
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Court papers show Michael Cohen was one of the lawyers who helped Bruce Winston & his daughter, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, in a legal action challenging Deutsche Bank’s conduct as trustee of Harry Winston’s estate. Their petition failed.
H/T @ThomasS4217

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