More than 20 percent of Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign spending has gone to legal fees so far this year.
The campaign has spent around $835,000 in legal fees in the first few months of 2018.
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.
Two other committees that raise money for Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee reported raising $16.7 million in the same period. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. The firm previously received payments from the campaign totaling $30,500 in October and November, an earlier filing shows.
Unlike his predecessors, Trump began fundraising for 2020 soon after he won the presidency.
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.
Trump's campaign reported payments of $834,669 for legal consulting, its filing shows. All told, the $20.2 million raised by the three committees is up significantly from the $12.5 million raised in the previous quarter. But legal fees weren't the only big expense: About $650,000 went toward campaign gear such as hats and mugs. In the letter, Harder said Bannon's comments in Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", violated a nondisclosure agreement Bannon had signed when he joined the campaign in 2016. 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. Parscale was the digital director of Trump's 2016 campaign.
In addition to legal fees, he has also used that money to keep a small campaign staff, to fund campaign rallies and to pay for digital advertising focused on his supporters.
Johnny McEntee, Trump's former personal assistant who was forced out when he couldn't be get security clearance, was hired by the campaign in March.