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


President Trump filed for reelection nearly immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico.

These hefty bills come as the investigation into whether the trump campaign has ties to Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The campaign's legal consulting spending went to at least eight different firms and the Trump Corporation. The campaign has spent a total of some $4 million in legal fees since Trump took office, according to The Washington Post.

In the first two months of 2018, the campaign paid $93,181.25 to the firm of Charles Harder, the attorney representing Trump in the Stormy Daniels case.

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

The White House said past year, before the Daniels court battle began, that Trump would begin paying his own legal expenses in the Mueller probe, after the Republican National Committee shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for attorneys for him. His campaign spent over $3 million in 2017 in legal fees.

According to the filings, the Trump campaign raised $10.1 million in the first three months of 2018 and has $28.3 million dollars in the bank.

Traditionally, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign. The reports also state that the campaign has spent $125,000 at several Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel and Trump Tower, and paid former Trump White House aide Johnny McEntee $22,000.

Trump's campaign and two fundraising committees that jointly raise funds with the Republican National Committee collected a total of almost $20.2 million in the first quarter, the Post reported.