Trump Campaign Continues Big Spending On Lawyers

About $840,000 in payments for

The campaign spent approximately $3.88 million during this time frame-legal fees constituted 20% of the disbursements.

President Trump filed for reelection nearly immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico. 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.

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.

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

That's according to the campaign's latest quarterly federal election commission filing. But legal fees weren't the only big expense: About $650,000 went toward campaign gear such as hats and mugs.

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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.

The campaign has raised over $10.1 million so far this year.

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 consulting firm for Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was the largest single recipient of campaign cash - totaling one-point-seven million dollars for digital and advertising services.

Trump's campaign has also spent about $150,000 at Trump businesses, including the legal fees, per the FEC report.

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