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Ricketts' re-election campaign raises $2.3 million

Ricketts' re-election campaign raises $2.3 million

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign continued to spend a sizable chunk of its money on legal fees in the first months of 2018, the continuation of a pattern that emerged past year.

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 campaign has paid at least eight law firms, with the two firms working on the Stormy Daniels case receiving a combined $280,000. His campaign spent over USA $3 million in 2017 in legal fees. The president and Cohen have filed their own suit against her, threatening to seek millions in damages. That was a sharp drop from the previous quarter, when the campaign paid the firm almost $215,000. It raised $10.1 million in the first three months of 2018, and had $28.3 million in cash on-hand by the end of March. It's not clear whether Trump is actually paying his lawyers, considering the campaign's high legal spending.

That was a big increase over the last quarter of 2017, when the three committees together raised $12.5 million.

He continues to energize small-dollar donors, FEC filings show.

The campaign also spent about $125,000 at Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel, Trump restaurants, and Trump Tower.




The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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. Recall that during the 2016 campaign, Parscale was in charge of overseeing the campaign's digital media strategy and its online fundraising campaigns.

In addition to payments from the campaign, Parscale's business also received $66,647 from the two fundraising committees and another $46,808 in consulting fees from the main super PAC supporting Trump, America First Action.

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.