If President Donald Trump is re-elected Tuesday will the campaign for 2020 for his next re-election begin immediately?
- Anonymous1 year agoFavorite Answer
He is not running Tuesday. His re-election campaign begin months ago to pay his legal costs.
President Donald Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on legal fees during the final three months of 2017, according to the FEC.
Combined with the Republican National Committee, Trump's campaign paid a total of $5.5 million in legal bills during 2017 amid probes into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. The payments were made to law firms, as well as the company owned by the president’s family.
The Trump campaign and the RNC have previously acknowledged they are helping pay legal bills for Trump family members who are under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees probing whether the Trump campaign played any role in Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election. The new disclosures, however, do not delineate which legal expenses were related to the Russia investigation and which were not.
April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign has raised $10.1 million so far this year, and has stockpiled more than $28 million in available cash for a re-election campaign that is more than two years away.
But more than 20% of the nearly $3.9 million Trump spent this year went to pay legal bills, according to the reports his campaign filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission. Those bills topped $834,000 during the first three months of this year, as Trump donors picked up the tab at several law firms, including one handling some of the headline-grabbing controversies surrounding the president in recent months.
Trump's contributors have paid $93,000 since early January to Charles Harder, the Beverly Hills attorney who sought unsuccessfully to stop the publication of author Michael Wolff's explosive tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Harder, perhaps best known as the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan in the lawsuit that bankrupted the gossip website Gawker, also has represented Trump in the president's recent legal battles with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels $130,000 just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election as part of what Daniels calls a "hush" agreement.
Watchdog groups, such as Common Cause, argue the payoff was likely an illegal, excessive contribution to Trump's campaign. On Sunday, Common Cause's top lawyer Paul Ryan said on Twitter that Trump's use of campaign money to pay Harder could bolster the group's argument that the payment broke election laws.
If the campaign paid Harder for work related to Daniels, Ryan wrote, that could amount to "concession" by Trump that president's battle with Daniels over the confidentiality agreement "is a political— NOT personal expense."
Among Trump's other top expenses so far this year: nearly $1.7 million in digital consulting and online advertising services paid to the Texas firm run by his campaign manager Brad Parscale, according to campaign filings Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
The tally of campaign spending does not include any activity by joint fundraising committees Trump operates with the Republican National Committee.
Eight law firms and the Trump Organization all provided "legal consulting" services to the campaign during the first three months of this year. The legal expenses dipped from the $1.1 million the campaign spent on legal expenses during the previous quarter.
Late last year, Trump stopped using donors' money to pay his legal bills related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He and his allies have set up a legal defense fund, The Patriot Legal Defense Fund Trust, to help defray legal expenses for aides caught up in the Mueller probe — although few details about the trust's funding and spending are publicly available so far.
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- Anonymous1 year ago
He has not stopped raising campaign money since he put his hand on the Lincoln Bible. He loves money. Besides, he can use the campaign funds to hire lawyers to defend himself against the Mueller investigation without paying them out of his own pocket.
- Anonymous1 year ago
I am writing obamas name
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- Anonymous1 year ago
Barack....go back to politics University.