President Trump filed for reelection nearly immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico.
The two legal firms involved in the fight with Daniels - Harding LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha - were paid a combined total of $280,000. About $24,000 went to the Trump Corporation.
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Specifically, the Trump campaign spent $3.9 million in the first three months of 2018, and more than $834,000 of that went to attorneys.
Trump's campaign has used millions of his campaign cash in the past year to pay legal fees - including some fees associated with responding to the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House said past year, before the Daniels court battle began, that Trump would begin paying his own legal expenses in the Mueller probe, after the Republican National Committee shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for attorneys for him.
Trump also said then that he would set up a legal defense fund for members of his staff, but he was informed that could be a conflict of interest in case any personnel may be called to testify against him. The campaign has also paid Parscale Strategy, the firm run by the 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, almost $1.7 million so far this year.
Johnny McEntee, Trump's former personal assistant who was forced out when he couldn't be get security clearance, was hired by the campaign in March.
The campaign has raised over $10.1 million so far this year.
Besides increasing money due to his effort, money for campaigns have also amassed using all the Republican National Committee, which utilizes that capital.