Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ricketts' re-election campaign raises $2.3 million


The campaign spent approximately $3.88 million during this time frame-legal fees constituted 20% of the disbursements.

The Trump campaign spent about $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, the report said, with nearly $835,000 going to eight law firms and the Trump Corp.

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.

Using campaign funds to pay for the president's mounting legal fees related to Daniels and the Russian Federation investigation means that the money small-dollar donors are giving to the president's campaign isn't all going toward traditional reelection efforts like ads, campaign staff payroll, and fundraising.

Daniels filed a lawsuit in March seeking to invalidate a 2016 agreement to keep secret a decade-old alleged sexual encounter with Trump in exchange for $130,000. That was a sharp drop from the previous quarter, when the campaign paid the firm almost $215,000.

Legal fees, however, are only making a small dent in the campaign's finances.


The re-election campaign team of the United States president, Donald Trump, disclosed on Sunday, April 15, that it raised $10 million in the first quarter of the year, leaving the re-election operation with $28 million in cash. All told, the $20.2 million raised by the three committees is up significantly from the $12.5 million raised in the previous quarter.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump began fundraising for 2020 soon after he won the presidency. In first quarter of 2018, 61 percent of the direct contributions to his campaign committee came from donations of $200 or less.

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

Responding to the Ricketts campaign filing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist said he has been "focused on performing my elected duties in the Nebraska Legislature" and has been delayed in mounting a concerted fundraising campaign. Trump will stand for re-election in November 2020. Parscale was the digital director of Trump's 2016 campaign.

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.

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