The outside group that the former president supported during the first half of 2021 is his own.
Six months after taking office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a war chest of $ 102 million.
But after he frenzied his supporters with promises to turn down the elections and a promise to support the Republican candidates in the midterm elections, he doesn’t spend his campaign money either.
A review of the election records of Make America Great Again PAC, Save America PAC and the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee shows that not a single penny from these Trump-affiliated companies was transferred or transferred to GOP candidates or committees involved in the midterm elections was contributed. Trump’s various groups also failed to write a check to support the Arizona exam, which he had repeatedly praised in statements and suggested overturning the 2020 election results.
Trump’s groups raised more than $ 80 million in the first half of 2021, much of which was transferred from Trump-related accounts. He used part of his funds for salaries for aid workers and political advisors as well as for events, travel expenses and fundraising campaigns for supporters. He also spent more than $ 8 million in legal fees paid to various law firms and attorneys to fuel his attempts to change the 2020 election results and defend himself in a second impeachment trial. The only expense Trump made to an outside group was for someone close to him: a million dollars to the America First Policy Institute, the think tank that started a handful of his former employees when he lost the White House .
Trump’s spending decisions suggest he knows the Arizona exam is for show only and that he’s more interested in saving money for his own ends than helping others, at least for now. The spending patterns also contrast with the tone and tenor of the fundraising appeals and public statements he has made since leaving office.
Key to Trump’s fundraising success has been his continued unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen, his plea for support for election audits and reviews in states like Arizona, and his promise to advance the MAGA movement even if he was outside of the USA is White House. While teasing a run in 2024, he has repeatedly vowed to help Republicans regain control of Congress in the midterm elections by offering his support and even holding rallies in support of the candidates.
A Trump spokesman confirmed that no funds were spent by any of Trump’s Arizona political committees or on any other endeavor, such as the lawsuit calling for an audit in Fulton County, Georgia. The Washington Post was the first to report a lack of funding for the Arizona exam before the FEC filings were made public.
An adviser said Trump recently cut checks for candidates he supports, but these would not be visible in this latest July filing. And in a statement Monday, Trump asked for recognition of the grand totals large Republican campaign committees raised that year, saying that they did so using his “name and likeness through many of their endeavors.”
“I’m happy that the entire party benefits from ‘Trump’,” said Trump.
While Trump refused to send money to other Republicans or GOP committees, he spent large sums on lawyers. Make America Great Again PAC, which served as Trump’s campaign committee during the election and became a political action committee in 2021, spent more than $ 1 million on legal fees for mega-firms Jones Day and Harder LLP, the law firm of Charles Harder. Harder had previously represented Trump in lawsuits brought by the porn star Stormy Daniels as well as the Trump campaign in defamation lawsuits against media companies.
Trump’s Make America Great Again PAC also paid the bill for legal advice costs during Trump’s second impeachment trial. The law firms of Trump’s three impeachment attorneys, Bruce Castor, Michael van der Veen and David Schoen, collectively received more than $ 600,000.
In addition, more than $ 2.5 million was paid to Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, LLP, the firm of Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz, a prominent New York litigation attorney who represented Trump in high profile litigation and Trump’s private attorney during Russia -Examination was.
After the November 2020 elections, Trump’s attention was focused almost entirely on the election results and various recount effortsundermine. But of the nearly $ 2 million spent on legal counseling related to recounts in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia – where the Trump campaign filed lawsuits to challenge the general election results – only a small fraction went to that People paid the face of Trumps. were crusade.
Jenna Ellis, who appeared on television and local hearings almost daily to defend Trump’s election disputes, received $ 22,000, according to Trump’s MAGA PAC. When asked to comment, she said that the publication “has no idea what my agency agreement was, nor does it interest you”. She didn’t elaborate on it, but Trump has been known to pay employees and assistants through limited liability companies, making it virtually impossible to keep track of how much they’re making.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, who campaigned for the election to be overturned and promoted baseless theories about widespread electoral fraud, received just over $ 75,000. This payment was for travel expenses and not legal fees. A Giuliani spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. A Trump spokesman said Giuliani only paid expenses, no legal fees.
As a sign of Giuliani’s frustration with the lack of pay, the former president’s personal attorney and longtime ally “liked” a tweet on Monday saying he was not being paid legal fees that was “just another example of loyalists doing the Slaughter were left ”.