President Trump's re-election campaign raised $10 million so far in 2018

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The committee reported having $28.3 million in the bank at the end of March, according to the Sunday filing with the Federal Election Commission.

In all, Trump's campaign committee and two fundraising committees that jointly raise money with the Republican National Committee - Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee - together raised almost $20.2 million in the first quarter, filings show. The bulk of the spending, about $350,000, went to Jones Day, which has represented the campaign since the 2016 election, including any litigation related to it.

President Donald Trump continues to raise money at an unprecedented rate in his turbulent first 15 months in office while allowing his campaign committee to help pick up the tab for some of his legal battles. She wants to invalidate a $130,000 agreement to keep her relationship with Trump secret.

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 firm previously received payments from the campaign totaling $30,500 in October and November, an earlier filing shows.

More than 20 percent of Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign spending has gone to legal fees so far this year.

Trump's campaign also paid $93,181 to Harder LLP, which specializes in entertainment law and reputation protection.

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. Usually, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign.

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

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

A consulting company owned by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was paid $1.7 million for digital and advertising services, according to the finance records.

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