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.
It's unusual for a sitting president to raise money for re-election early in his term as aggressively as Trump has done.More news: First game of Detroit Tigers doubleheader vs. Yankees postponed due to weather
Trump's re-election campaign finished 2017 with $22 million in cash. The biggest chunk of that, $348,000, went to Jones Day, the firm representing Trump in the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign by Robert Mueller and congressional committees. Traditionally, most incumbent presidents have waited to begin with their own re election effort.
Prosecutors said in a Friday court hearing that Cohen has been the target of a months-long federal investigation in NY, separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the USA elections. It's not clear whether Trump is actually paying his lawyers, considering the campaign's high legal spending.More news: The New Gmail Comes With Self-Destructing Emails
Parscale's appointment to the top position in the re-election campaign apparatus is likely to indicate that Trump plans on focusing heavily on online strategies to reach voters and get out the vote in three years, the Independent reports.
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. Those small-dollar donors gave $8.7 million of that amount. 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.More news: Cohen, Trump's lawyer, to appear at Manhattan court hearing
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. McEntee lost his White House job after an investigation found his gambling habits posed a security risk, The Washington Post reported.