More than 20 percent of Trump campaign spending this year has gone to legal fees

President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign has spent more than 22 percent on legal fees so far this year, according to the latest fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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

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


Trump is in the middle of a costly legal battle with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who is suing the president to get out of a nondisclosure agreement he didn't sign.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford - alleges she had an affair with Trump and was paid "hush money" by his personal lawyer to keep quiet about the relationship.

The two legal firms involved in the fight with Daniels - Harding LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha - were paid a combined total of $280,000.

The most donor spending - $350,000 - went to Jones Day, the firm that has represented the Trump campaign since the 2016 election and handled all litigation relating to it, BuzzFeed reported.

About $125,000 was spent by the campaign at Trump-owned businesses, hotels and restaurants.

The campaign has also made 20 different purchases from Amazon, notable because the president has been attacking the company on Twitter this month. 

John McEntee, Trump's former personal assistant who was forced out when he couldn't get security clearance, was hired by the campaign in March.

Reports indicate that he was paid $22,000.

The campaign has raised over $10.1 million so far this year. They have spent $3.9 million and reportedly have $28.3 million cash on hand.