Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

# 039, President Trump &;s Re Election Effort raised $10 million Thus Much

# 039, President Trump &;s Re Election Effort raised $10 million Thus Much

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.

US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised US$10 million (S$13 million) in the first quarter of the year, leaving his re-election operation with US$28 million in cash, his campaign disclosed on Sunday (April 15).

The most donor spending - $350,000 - went to Jones Day, the firm that has represented the Trump campaign since the 2016 election and handled all litigation relating to it, Buzzfeed reported. It paid $186,279 to LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg and Blaha LLP.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump began fundraising for 2020 soon after he won the presidency.

His campaign spent over US$3 million in 2017 in legal fees.

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.

Trump's campaign reported payments of $834,669 for legal consulting, its filing shows. That was a sharp drop from the previous quarter, when the campaign paid the firm almost $215,000.

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 USA elections. The reports also state that the campaign has spent $125,000 at several Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel and Trump Tower, and paid Johnny McEntee $22,000.

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

Trump's campaign also paid $93,181 to Harder LLP, which specializes in entertainment law and reputation protection.

In addition to legal fees, he has also used that money to keep a small campaign staff, to fund campaign rallies and to pay for digital advertising focused on his supporters. McEntee was recently forced out of the White House after security issues related to gambling and was then quickly hired by the campaign. 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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