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

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign this year continued big spending on lawyers, with more than 20 percent of all expenditures in the first quarter going to legal fees, according to documents filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.

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.

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.

Trump's campaign has reportedly used millions of his campaign cash in the past year to pay legal fees, including some fees associated with responding to the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His campaign spent over U.S. $3 million in 2017 in legal fees.

"These figures reflect the strength of Gov. Ricketts' performance growing our state and making government run more like a business", campaign communications director Matthew Trail said Monday in releasing the campaign finance report.

Gov. Pete Ricketts' re-election campaign has raised almost $2.3 million over the course of the 2018 election cycle and had almost $1.7 million in cash on hand April 1.

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

Trump has opted - unlike presidents before him - to begin fundraising in the early part of the term.

He continues to energize small-dollar donors, FEC filings show.

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

Along with legal fees, he also has used that income to invest in effort rallies to keep a campaign staff and also also to pay for digital advertisements focused on his fans. Trump will stand for re-election in November 2020. Recall that during the 2016 campaign, Parscale was in charge of overseeing the campaign's digital media strategy and its online fundraising campaigns. McEntee lost his White House job after an investigation found his gambling habits posed a security risk, The Washington Post reported.

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