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

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

The latest figures bring the Trump campaign's total spending on legal fees to almost $4 million since the president took office, records show.

According to disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission, Trump spent about $834,000 on legal expenses during the first quarter of the year -down from the $1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters.

In addition to raising money for his own campaign, Trump has also collected funds for joint efforts with the Republican National Committee, which uses that money to help congressional candidates.

Trump filed for reelection in the day when he took office, what was an unusual step for an incumbent President.

NAIJ.com gathered that unlike presidents before him, Trump has opted to begin active fundraising in the early part of his first term.

The campaign has raised $10.1 million so far this year, spent $3.9 million, and has $28.3 million cash on hand. 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.

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Prosecutors said in a Friday court hearing that Cohen has been the target of a months-long federal investigation in NY, separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the US elections.

The campaign also paid legal fees to the Trump Corp. - a company being run by Trump's two older sons - and law firms Belkin, Burden, Wenig & Goldman LLP; Schertler & Onorato LLP; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and Van Hoy, Reutlinger, Adams & Dunn PLLC. Those small-dollar donors gave $8.7 million of that amount.

The campaign s pent almost $150,000 at businesses owned by the president this year, including for lodging, catering and rent at properties that include the Trump International Hotel in Washington and Trump Tower in Manhattan.

The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

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