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

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester New Hampshire on Nov. 7 2016

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

Trump spent U.S. $3.9 million in the first quarter.

Trump's reelection campaign spent over $834, 000 on legal consulting fees in the first quarter of 2018, the three month period from January 1 to March 31, according to records from the federal election commission disclosed Sunday afternoon.

The spending comes as Trump deals with the intensifying special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford.

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. According to the report, the Trump campaign paid $1.1 million in legal fees in the fourth quarter of 2017, and has spent $4 million since he took office previous year.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump and was paid "hush money" by his personal lawyer to keep quiet about the relationship. Harder represented Hulk Hogan in an invasion of privacy case against Gawker, which ended up bankrupting the media company.

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"These figures reflect the strength of Gov. Ricketts' performance growing our state and making government run more like a business", campaign communications director Matthew Trail said Monday in releasing the campaign finance report. The haul puts Trump's campaign account at $28 million with more than two years to go before Election Day.

NAIJ.com previously reported that barely after completing one year in the White House, President Trump started preparing for 2020 re-election, selecting Brad Parscale as the campaign manager.

The campaign s pent almost $150,000 at businesses owned by the president this year, including for lodging, catering and rent at properties that include the Trump International Hotel in Washington and Trump Tower in Manhattan.

In addition to raising money for his own campaign, Trump has also collected funds for joint efforts with the Republican National Committee, which uses that money to help congressional candidates.

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