Trump Campaign Continues Big Spending On Lawyers

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

Since Jan. 1, President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has spent $835,000 in legal fees, about 22 percent of its total spending, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

Trump spent £3.9 million in the very first quarter.

Trump is in the middle of a costly legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is suing the president to get out of a nondisclosure agreement he didn't sign. In the last quarter of 2017, Trump's campaign committee spent $1.1 million in legal fees. The campaign also paid $13, 468 to the law firm of McDermott, Will, and Emery, where Stephen Ryan, the attorney for Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, works. The biggest chunk of that, $348,000, went to Jones Day, the firm representing Trump in the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign by Robert Mueller and congressional committees.

"These figures reflect the strength of Gov. Ricketts' performance growing our state and making government run more like a business", campaign communications director Matthew Trail said Monday in releasing the campaign finance report.

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Trump also said then that he would set up a legal defense fund for members of his staff, but he was informed that could be a conflict of interest in case any personnel may be called to testify against him. Traditionally, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign.

The campaign also spent about $125,000 at Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel, Trump restaurants, and Trump Tower. It raised $10.1 million in the first three months of 2018, and had $28.3 million in cash on-hand by the end of March.

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.

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.

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