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

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By Ginger Gibson

U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised $10 million in the first quarter of the year, leaving his re-election operation with $28 million in cash, his campaign disclosed on Sunday.

Trump spent $3.9 million in the first quarter.

Trump has opted - unlike presidents before him - to begin actively fundraising in the early part of his first term. He could use some of the money which he has already raised to help Republicans in the upcoming midterm election in November.

In addition to raising money for his own campaign, Trump has also collected funds for joint efforts with the Republican National Committee, which uses that money to help congressional candidates.

His re-election campaign finished 2017 with $22 million in cash.

During the first quarter of the year, Trump spent about$834,000 on legal expenses - down from the $1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters, according to disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission.

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

In addition to legal fees, he has also used that money to keep a small campaign staff, to fund campaign rallies and to pay for digital advertising focused on his supporters.

Trump filed for re-election the day he took office, an unusual move for an incumbent president. Traditionally, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign. Trump will stand for re-election in November 2020.

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018.

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Smart move by Trump's campaign.

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Well, good luck!

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Trump spent $3.9 million in the first quarter.

Is any of this money going to be used to repay the US taxpayers for Trump's numerous golf trips and his family member's trips to luxury resorts and to places like Dubai, among others, where his family members are using Trump's name to further expand his global business empire?

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PTownsendToday  07:32 am JST

Is any of this money going to be used to repay the US taxpayers for Trump's numerous golf trips and his family member's trips to luxury resorts and to places like Dubai, among others, where his family members are using Trump's name to further expand his global business empire?

It's probably naive optimism to hope it would even be actually used on his election campaign. More than likely it will be treated as a slush fund to pay his legal bills.

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Math again has become the enemy of a narrative. Person a spends 1.5 million a month. Person B spends 1 million. Has person A spent three times what person B did?

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“Michelle Obama made two North Carolina trips in 2016 to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Air Force expenses total $40,902.40. In both trips, she took a C-40C military jet operating at $5,312 per hour.”

military aircraft to campaign?

Anyway the point for both sides doesn’t matter because presidential travel is classified as “official” travel because he is always in a duty status.

Also nothing to worry about because these campaign donations obviously aren’t coming from liberals so no need for you to care how they are spent.

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During the first quarter of the year, Trump spent about$834,000 on legal expenses - down from the $1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters, according to disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission.

That’s right, Trump fans. Send your money to the billionaire so he can send it to his lawyers. Better your money than his.

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Liberals donated over 500,000 dollars in a Go Fund me account to multimiliionaire Andrew McCabe for his upcoming lawyer fees. Cause they feel sad he was fired, I mean he only lied under oath 3 or 4 times, poor guy.

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Under certain circumstances, the Federal Elections Commission allows campaign funds to be used to pay for a politician's legal defense as long as the legal issue somehow relates to their being a political office-holder or a candidate. 

So he's got a growing list of reasons to continue hawking those MAGA hats.

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Black, have you sent money to pay for the billionaire’s lawyers?

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Nope, there are plenty of rich people who can handle that.

Im saving my money in case we need to crowdfund the wall due to the inept Republicans in Congress.

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Anyone who lives in Japan and pays taxes in the US makes over $102k a year. A poster that is mow clsimkng there are rich people who can donate to Trump's legal fund previously claimed to pay taxes in the US.

Nothing is stopping anyone from setting up a gofundstupidity account to help fund the wall.

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$102k a year isnt rich, btw. Im talking about actual rich people. Im sorry if the fact that I pay US taxes ruins your false narrative that everyone who supports Trump is a poor, uneducated redneck. Its simply not true and wrong thinking like that is why Trump won in the first place.

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Math again has become the enemy of a narrative. Person a spends 1.5 million a month. Person B spends 1 million. Has person A spent three times what person B did?

The article doesn't say Trump spent 3 times as much. I guess reading is difficult.

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Doesn't ruin my narrative st all. I'm happy for you.

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Why are middle-income idiots sending money to this guy? Your $50 will go to something he should be paying out of his own pocket.

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Of the 62 million who voted for him in 2016, less than half will vote for him in 2020.

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Im saving my money in case we need to crowdfund the wall due to the inept Republicans in Congress.

It's a fence, and if you guys insist on it, you better have a lot saved.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/382319-gop-tax-law-will-add-19-trillion-to-debt-cbo

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Did you bothervto read more than the link?

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I read the whole article, it’s old anyway. that’s how I knew the real truth not just what was implied by what the URL said and by your posting of the URL with no comments.

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Why are middle-income idiots sending money to this guy?

Stereotyping again? I have a few friends that are high school graduates that are sending money to this guy, it’s not just middle income idiots or should they vote for.....

who do the Dems have? ROFL!

Your $50 will go to something he should be paying out of his own pocket.

Then he would be the first President to do so, why stop now?

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So no Trump fans hare have donated to Trump?

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Oh, Trump is not going to be re-elected unless our nation is hell bent on destroying itself. Over the next few years there will be more younger voters registering to vote for their first time once they hit 18 and they're not going to be so into some old well off dotard that is intent on destroying their futures.

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