President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is using donor money for more than just trying to win the president a second term: it has paid nearly $100,000 to presidential son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s legal team.
According to ABC News, the campaign “made two payments to the firm, Winston & Strawn LLP – $55,330 and $42,574” for the services of Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, for Kushner’s legal fees.
“Low dollar” contributions – $200 or less – made up 98.5 percent of the total funds raised by the Trump campaign in the last quarter of 2018, a consistent trend throughout the year, according to a press release by the campaign, along with the latest campaign finance filings.
Those donations are going in part toward the legal expenses of Kushner, “a real estate scion who earned more than $1.7 million in income in 2015” and whose estimated net worth is more than $300 million.
Neither Trump campaign officials nor Lowell’s spokesperson would comment on the matter, but a source familiar with the reimbursements told ABC News “that near the end of 2018, the campaign covered legal expenses for several former senior staff members who had testified before congressional committees.”
Other Trump-related individuals who received help from the campaign, as well as the Republican National Committee, include the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen; Trump’s former communications director, Hope Hicks; and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
More recently, the Trump campaign paid more than $173,000 to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, a law firm that has represented former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and more than $101,000 to Larocca, Hornik, Greenberg & Blaha, a firm that represents Trump's security team. The campaign also drastically upped its payment to Trump's attorney Mark Kasowitz' firm, according to the latest campaign finance report.
ABC News said the Trump campaign has spent $6.7 million on legal fees over the past two years.