Before President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway once worked for former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy in his unsuccessful 2010 bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Levy’s 2010 campaign filings show $2,250 in payments to Conway’s firm, The Polling Co., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. Campaign filings show Conway got an April 12 payment of $750 and a July 7 payment for $1,500 from Levy for New York.
Levy said Conway signed on to his campaign just before the state GOP convention, where as a nonparty member he fell short of getting the 50 percent vote tally he needed to get on the primary ballot. He got 43 percent.
“It was kind of short-lived, but it could have been quite large had we made the ballot,” Levy said of his use of Conway. “She was very professional and had a great knack of taking complex issues and simplifying them. When she catapulted to such great success, it was no surprise.”
Federal campaign filings also show that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) spent $15,000 with Conway’s firm between July and October 2014 for polling an communications consulting in his successful race that year against then-Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).