Throughout the primaries Donald Trump said that, unlike the other candidates, he was so rich that he was going to finance his own campaign and thus would not be beholden to the big money interests that contribute to campaigns and fund SuperPACs and thus get to buy access to candidates. This was one of the major factors that added to the image he created of being someone who was truly independent and not part of the corrupt political system.
But now that he has sewn up the Republican nomination and prepares for the general election, he has changed his tune and decided that maybe sucking up to the big money interests is not such a bad thing after all.
For starters, his team has scheduled meetings with representatives of the billionaire Koch brothers, the very poster children for the pernicious influence of money in politics. The Kochs have been publicly distancing themselves from Trump and have even said that they will not contribute to the Republican convention but that has not stopped Trump from seeking some of their doubloons.
The Kochs have been on a kind of rehabilitation tour to improve their image, playing up the few areas where they support good things (such as prison reform) while playing down the reality that they want to remove all government regulations that limit their businesses from operating freely and amassing yet more wealth.