President Donald Trump sent a $10,000 check Monday to a 24-year-old FedEx courier from rural Illinois, the Washington Post reports.
The Republican reportedly met with Shane Bouvet, a native of Stonington, Ill., the night before Trump’s inauguration. Trump praised Bouvet for his work as a volunteer on his campaign and promised to send him a $10,000 check.
The meeting came about after Trump read a Washington Post profile about Bouvet, a struggling single father who spent nights working and days volunteering for the Trump campaign, according to the newspaper. The Illinoisan backed Trump, hoping that he could revitalize his downstate town, as well as other areas affected by the decline in U.S. industry.
As promised, Bouvet’s check arrived in the mail Monday alongside a note from the president.
“Shane — You are a great guy — thanks for all of your help,” Trump reportedly wrote on presidential stationary.
After receiving the check, Bouvet was astonished by his good fortune.
“I’m still just living a dream,” Bouvet told the Post. “I never thought in a million years this would happen.”
Bouvet is reportedly planning to use the cash to pay for chemotherapy treatment for his father, who is suffering from bladder cancer.
Bouvet told the Post that he was encouraged by Trump’s early push to implement his agenda.
“He’s getting things done,” Bouvet said. “He’s laying down the law. I’m really blessed with that - that’s what we need."
Christian Hilland, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission, wouldn't comment directly on whether the payment complies with agency regulation.
"We don't comment on specific candidates or committees for the potential for the matter to come before the Commission," Hilland told Ward Room in an email. "Disbursements made from a campaign account of a federal candidate committee should be reported on a committee's subsequent FEC report. Financial activity between January 1 and March 30, 2017 should be disclosed in a committee's report due to the FEC by April 15, 2017."
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"However, monies spent outside of the committee that are not related to campaign activity are not required to be disclosed to the FEC," he added.
The White House did not immediately respond to Ward Room's request for comment.