# 039, President Trump &;s Re Election Effort raised $10 million Thus Much

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The campaign has spent around $835,000 in legal fees in the first few months of 2018.

President Trump filed for reelection nearly immediately upon assuming office, and new filings reflect the aggressive approach: The president's campaign and two affiliated fundraising committees pulled in about $20 million in the first quarter, reports Politico.

Another $280,000 combined was paid to two law firms - Harder LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha - representing Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen in litigation with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. They have spent $3.9 million and reported have $28.3 million cash on hand.

That's according to the campaign's latest quarterly federal election commission filing.

The money was divided up between at least eight different firms and the Trump Corporation, according to an analysis from Buzzfeed.

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.

Trump has opted - unlike presidents before him - to begin actively fundraising in the early part of his first term. According to the report, the Trump campaign paid $1.1 million in legal fees in the fourth quarter of 2017, and has spent $4 million since he took office previous year.

The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 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. 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 legal fees, he has also used the money to keep a small campaign staff, to fund campaign rallies and to pay for digital advertising focused on his supporters.

Trump's former personal aide John McEntee received $22,000 in payments from the campaign starting on March 23, the FEC filing shows. After McEntee was sacked over security concerns, he was immediately hired by the campaign.