Politics Legal fees made up more than 20% of Trump's campaign spending so far this year

01:51  16 april  2018
01:51  16 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Since the 2016 election, Trump ’ s 2020 reelection campaign committee has raised a staggering million — with more than million going to pay off presidential legal fees , according to multiple reports.

Trump ’ s campaign committee this summer spent more than million on legal bills, disclosures show — much ostensibly stemming from the Russia controversy. All the while, Trump is racing forward with unprecedented haste to win re-election in 2020.

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More than one-fifth of the $3.9 million that President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has spent this year has gone to legal fees, the campaign's latest quarterly Federal Election Commission filing shows.

About $835,000 in payments for "legal consulting" were made to eight firms and the Trump Corporation, with the most -- $347,000 -- going to Jones Day. Another $185,000 went to the firm Larocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha. About $24,000 went to the Trump Corporation.

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More broadly, presidential campaign legal spending has been on a steady upswing for years . In 2008, for example, then-candidates Barack Obama and John McCain together spent more than double what John Kerry and George W. Bush paid in 2004.

More than a third of what Trump ’ s campaign spent during this time period — about .1 million — went toward legal expenses. About ,000 covered costs for making campaign paraphernalia such as hats, stickers and glasses.

The steep legal bills come amid a probe into whether the Trump campaign was involved in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election as well as a legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

In the first two months of 2018, the campaign paid $93,181.25 to the firm of Charles Harder, the attorney representing Trump in the Stormy Daniels case.

Trump's campaign raised $10.1 million in 2018's first three months and has $28.3 million in the bank, the campaign finance report shows.

Trump's campaign has also spent about $150,000 at Trump businesses, including the legal fees, per the FEC report. That includes about $68,000 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, to cover costs including event rental space, hotel stays and parking.

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In addition to the spending at Trump properties and Trump -linked consulting firms, CNN reported that the RNC spent more than 0,000 in August of last year to cover some of President Trump ' s legal fees associated with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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The campaign spent another $58,000 on costs listed as "rent" divided between three recipients: Trump Plaza, Trump Restaurants and Trump Tower.

Trump's former personal aide John McEntee received $22,000 in payments from the campaign starting on March 23, the FEC filing shows. McEntee was fired from the White House amid a Department of Homeland Security investigation into possible financial crimes, a source told CNN after he was dismissed. After news of his firing broke, the Trump campaign announced it had hired McEntee as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's consulting firm was the largest single recipient of campaign cash, receiving $1.7 million for digital and advertising services.

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