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.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpRobert De Niro, Ben Stiller play Mueller and Cohen in "SNL" parody of "Meet the Parents" Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs Comey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election results MORE's 2020 reelection campaign has spent more than 22 percent on legal fees so far this year, according to the latest fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The bulk of the spending, about $350,000, went to Jones Day, which has represented the campaign since the 2016 election, including any litigation related to it. His effort spent $3 million in 20 17.
Two others firms - Harding LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha, which are involved in the legal fight with Daniels - were paid a combined $280,000.
Daniels filed a lawsuit in March seeking to invalidate a 2016 agreement to keep secret a decade-old alleged sexual encounter with Trump in exchange for $130,000.
Eight law firms and the Trump Organization all provided "legal consulting" services to the campaign during the first three months of this year.
U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised $10 million in the first quarter of the year, leaving his re-election operation with $28 million in cash, his campaign disclosed on Sunday.
That was a big increase over the last quarter of 2017, when the three committees together raised $12.5 million.
Mr Trump has opted - unlike presidents before him - to begin actively fundraising in the early part of his first term.
Trump's campaign has also spent about $150,000 at Trump businesses, including the legal fees, per the FEC report.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's consulting firm was the largest single recipient of campaign cash, receiving $1.7 million for digital and advertising services. After McEntee, a former White House aide, was sacked he was immediately hired by the campaign. McEntee was sacked from the White House amid a Department of Homeland Security investigation into possible financial crimes, a source told CNN after he was dismissed.
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