More than 20% of Trump re-election campaign spending going to legal fees

More than 20 percent of Trump campaign spending has gone to legal fees this year

More Than One-Fifth Of The Trump Campaign's Spending This Year Has Been On Legal Fees

Throughout the very first quarter of the calendar year, Trump spent about £834,000 on overseas bills - down from the1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters, according to disclosures filed by Federal Election Commission. About $24,000 went to the Trump Corporation.

The spending comes as Trump deals with the intensifying special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford.

Trump's campaign raised $10.1 million in 2018's first three months and has $28.3 million in the bank, the campaign finance report shows. According to the report, the Trump campaign paid $1.1 million in legal fees in the fourth quarter of 2017, and has spent $4 million since he took office a year ago.

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

The campaign also spent about $125,000 at Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel, Trump restaurants, and Trump Tower.

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.

US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised US $10 million in the first quarter of the year, leaving his re-election operation with US $28 million in cash, his campaign disclosed on Sunday. Usually, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign. The campaign has also paid Parscale Strategy, the firm run by the 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, almost $1.7 million so far this year.

Trump's former personal aide, John McEntee, who was bounced out of the White House early last month amid an investigation reportedly for "serious financial crimes", was paid $22,000 by the campaign in late March, CNN noted.

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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