Fighting all those Russian allegations against President Trump’s family members and associates have cost his reelection campaign to spend nearly three-quarters of a million dollars just on legal fees, according to new FEC filings.
Between the beginning of April and the end of June, FEC reports show that Trump 2020 campaign committees have spent nearly $700,000 on legal fees, which is more than twice as much as they spent in the first three months of the year.
Most of those second-quarter payments –$545,000 — went to the law firm Jones Day. That’s quite a raise, considering they received $190,306 in the first quarter of 2017.
Two weeks before the NY Times revealed that Don Trump Jr. held an undisclosed meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. paid $50,000 to Alan Futerfas’s law firm to represent Don Jr., according to the FEC filing.
During the first three months of the year, the campaign reported paying $249,344 on legal expenses. Trump has spent more than $4.5 million on legal costs since the beginning of his campaign.
On Saturday, Trump’s campaign and two affiliated joint fundraising committees disclosed that they have raised $13.9 million.
The media is posing a question about whether the donors will stop putting money into the reelection campaign if the proceeds are going to pay lawyers. They also point out that it is highly unusual for a president to begin fundraising for a reelection campaign in the first six months of a new presidency. The FEC report shows more than $150,000 has been paid to the Trump-owned companies.
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