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

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

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.

During the first quarter of the year, Donald Trump spent about $834,000 on legal expenses - down from the $1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters, according to disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission.

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.

The money was divided up between at least eight different firms and the Trump Corporation, according to an analysis from Buzzfeed.

Another legal battle the president faces - the alleged 2006 affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. His effort spent $3 million in 20 17.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan revealed in court papers Friday that Cohen, whose office and residences were raided by the FBI last week, has been under investigation for months. Cohen is scheduled to appear in a NY courtroom Monday to discuss his attempt to block prosecutors from viewing the material agents seized.

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. Parscale was the digital director of Trump's 2016 campaign. McEntee was recently forced out of the White House after security issues related to gambling and was then quickly hired by the campaign.

Trump's campaign spent almost $127,000 at the president's private properties this year, including lodging and meeting fees at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., catering services at Trump Restaurants in NY, and rent to Trump Tower in NY.

In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Trump began raising campaign funds in the first months of his presidency, allowing his aides to spend money staging the campaign-style rallies he relishes and to start collecting funds with the Republican National Committee the GOP can use ahead of November's midterm elections to help retain its majorities in Congress. In another break from presidential tradition, Trump has refused to relinquish ownership of his businesses - allowing him to draw profits, if he chooses, from his real-estate and licensing empire.

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