Legal Fees for Donald Trump Exceed Funds Raised, Filings Show

Anjali Jain
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference at 40 Wall Street on January 17, 2024 in New York City. Trump is suing ABC News and its presenter George Stephanopoulos for defamation.

Last month, one of Donald Trump’s political action committees (PACs) incurred legal fees in excess of the contributions it received, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Save America, an organization that supports the Republican campaign, incurred legal expenses amounting to approximately $5.4 million in February and concluded the month with approximately $4 million, according to an FEC filing on Wednesday.

The Setting

In recent years, Trump has been embroiled in numerous legal disputes. Plaintiff E. Jean Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against him earlier this month. In response to Judge Lewis Kaplan’s denial of the Republican’s request to postpone the enforcement of penalties, Carroll posted a surety of nearly $92 million. Carroll awarded Trump $83.3 million in damages in January for statements he made in 2019.
A February ruling by New York Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay $355 million in restitution for fraud. Based on the court’s ruling, it was determined that Trump and senior executives affiliated with The Trump Organization engaged in fraudulent activities through the manipulation of asset values in order to secure more advantageous terms from lenders and insurers. Including interest, the total amount due is estimated to be $464 million.

The Republican nominee has had general difficulty obtaining funds. While February figures have not yet been disclosed, Trump’s two fundraising committees had $36.6 million in cash and had spent more than they had raised by the end of January.

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What We Know Save American acquired Habba Madaoi & Associates LLP, the law firm of Alina Habba, for $5.34 million. A prominent member of Trump’s legal staff is now Habba. She advocated for the former president in both his civil fraud trial in New York and his defamation case against E. Jean Carroll.
Having been unable to secure sufficient donations to cover the firm’s expenses, the PAC had $6,289,527.87 in cash on hand at the beginning of the period. Its balance at the end of February was $4,081,100.52.
An email was sent to a Trump representative by Newsweek requesting comment on this article.

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Christopher Phelps, a modern American history professor at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, told Newsweek that utilizing information regarding Trump’s legal expenses was “not a recipe for political success.”

“At a time when Biden seems to be pulling ahead of Trump in the polls, one would think that a PAC’s priority would be advertising to key demographics and building out campaign organization in the battleground states,” according to him.

“Rather than depleting its reserves to pay legal fees, Trump’s PAC is depleting its funds; this is not a recipe for political success.” The sole positive aspect for Trump is that the timeline for addressing the numerous felony charges levied against him in four separate cases has been extended for a variety of reasons, which could result in the absence of verdicts prior to the election.

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“At some point, though, he’ll need to spend on the actual campaign if he seeks to win, particularly given Biden’s massively greater fundraising to date,” according to Phelps.

In an effort to increase his fundraising efforts, Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have established a joint fundraising committee.

His legal teams are currently appealing his cases.

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