Trump Campaign Continues Big Spending On Lawyers

Trump Campaign Continues Big Spending On Lawyers

Trump spent £3.9 million in the very first quarter.

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. The Trump Corp. - owned by the president and run by sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. - collected $24,000.

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 2018, more than $280,000 was paid to the law firm of Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha and another firm owned by Charles Harder, which represent Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen in the court fight with Daniels.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump and was paid "hush money" by his personal lawyer to keep quiet about the relationship. 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.

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The White House said past year, before the Daniels court battle began, that Trump would begin paying his own legal expenses in the Mueller probe, after the Republican National Committee shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for attorneys for him.

In all, Trump's campaign committee and two fundraising committees that jointly raise money with the Republican National Committee - Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee - together raised almost $20.2 million in the first quarter, filings show.

Legal fees, however, are only making a small dent in the campaign's finances. Traditionally, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign. Trump will stand for re-election in November 2020.

Besides increasing money due to his effort, money for campaigns have also amassed using all the Republican National Committee, which utilizes that capital.

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