So that "political contributor being on the payroll of a campaign" thing rubbed many in the media — and some viewers — the wrong way.
Thursday's announcement that Lewandowski was finally off the campaign's payroll seemed to be the campaign's attempt to make the issue go away.
According to Politico, Lewandowski was paid a lump sum, rather than getting paid monthly through the end of the year. Apparently, the reason for the move was so the campaign and Lewandowski could "avoid future distractions."
USA Today reports Lewandowski's final payment was somewhere in the area of $80,000. And his total pay from the campaign was reportedly over $500,000.
But they probably won't be able to avoid distractions completely. Some outlets have reported that Lewandowski is still helping the campaign behind the scenes.