More Than 20% Of Trump Campaign Spending Has Gone To Legal Fees In 2018

The Trump campaign has spent $835,000 on legal consulting fees so far this year.

According to its most recent fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Trump campaign has spent about 22 percent of its cash -- $835,000 -- on legal fees.

Buzzfeed News reports that $350,000 went to Jones Day, the firm that has represented the campaign since 2016.

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. The campaign did not respond to questions from BuzzFeed News about the payments, but an official told the New York Times that they were not related to Daniels.

The campaign has raised $10.1 million so far this year, spent $3.9 million, and has $28.3 million cash on hand. The campaign has also paid Parscale Strategy, the firm run by the 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, nearly $1.7 million so far this year.

The Trump campaign made headlines last year as well for its spending on legal fees.

In October, The New York Times reported that more than 25 percent was spent on growing legal bills during a three month period last year -- totaling more than $1.1 million -- with Jones Day again receiving the largest payout at $830,000.

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