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17 April 2018, 07:37 | Regina Holmes
More than 20 percent of Trump campaign spending has gone to legal fees this year
Trump's re-election campaign finished 2017 with $22 million in cash.
Besides increasing money due to his effort, money for campaigns have also amassed using all the Republican National Committee, which utilizes that capital.
The campaign paid two firms that are representing Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, in the lawsuit over a nondisclosure agreement with an adult entertainment star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
Trump registered for re-election the day he took office.
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign continued to spend a sizable chunk of its money on legal fees in the first months of 2018, the continuation of a pattern that emerged past year.
Trump chose - unlike their predecessors - to begin to actively engage in fundraising at the beginning of his first term. His campaign spent over $3 million in 2017 in legal fees. The firm previously received payments from the campaign totaling $30,500 in October and November, an earlier filing shows.
Trump's campaign has reportedly used millions of his campaign cash in the past year to pay legal fees, including some fees associated with responding to the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Former President Barack Obama had been in office more than two years before he headlined his first re-election fundraiser.
Trump's campaign also paid $93,181 to Harder LLP, which specializes in entertainment law and reputation protection.
Responding to the Ricketts campaign filing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist said he has been "focused on performing my elected duties in the Nebraska Legislature" and has been delayed in mounting a concerted fundraising campaign. It raised $10.1 million in the first three months of 2018, and had $28.3 million in cash on-hand by the end of March. Those small-dollar donors gave $8.7 million of that amount.
A consulting company owned by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was paid $1.7 million for digital and advertising services, according to the finance records.
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