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William James
William James

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The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump has spent nearly $60 million in donor money on legal and compliance work since 2015. How does this compare with his predecessors?

*President Obama spent $10.7 million on legal and compliance expenses starting in 2007.

*President George W. Bush spent even less than Obama, and he contested election 2000 at the Supreme Court.


"Mr. Trump’s tendency to turn to the courts — and the legal issues that have stemmed from norm-breaking characteristics of his presidency — helps explain how he and his affiliated political entities have spent at least $58.4 million in donations on legal and compliance work since 2015, according to a tally by The New York Times and the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute.

By comparison, President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee spent $10.7 million on legal and compliance expenses during the equivalent period starting in 2007. President George W. Bush also spent much less, even taking into account his legal spending on the recount fight that went to the Supreme Court, records show."


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