Legal fees more than 20% of Trump's campaign spending in 2018

Carla Harmon
April 17, 2018

The campaign paid two firms that are representing Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, in the lawsuit over a nondisclosure agreement with an adult entertainment star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The joint fundraising committees that benefit Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee transferred $6.6 million to Trump's campaign in the first quarter.

Trump's campaign and two fundraising committees that jointly raise funds with the Republican National Committee collected a total of almost $20.2 million in the first quarter, the Post reported.


The campaign's legal consulting spending went to at least eight different firms and the Trump Corporation.

Trump's re-election campaign finished 2017 with $22 million in cash. The firm previously received payments from the campaign totaling $30,500 in October and November, an earlier filing shows.

Using campaign funds to pay for the president's mounting legal fees related to Daniels and the Russian Federation investigation means that the money small-dollar donors are giving to the president's campaign isn't all going toward traditional reelection efforts like ads, campaign staff payroll, and fundraising. The campaign has raised about $10.1 million so far this year. Typically, the current President of the United States were waiting for the second year in office to begin his re-election campaign.


The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Those small-dollar donors gave $8.7 million of that amount.

Along with legal fees, he also has used that income to invest in effort rallies to keep a campaign staff and also also to pay for digital advertisements focused on his fans.

NAIJ.com previously reported that barely after completing one year in the White House, President Trump started preparing for 2020 re-election, selecting Brad Parscale as the campaign manager. McEntee was sacked from the White House amid a Department of Homeland Security investigation into possible financial crimes, a source told CNN after he was dismissed.


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