Political action committees supporting Trump disbursed almost $50 million on legal expenses in 2023.

Trump’s Legal Fees and Fundraising: A Look at the Financial Impact

Former President Donald Trump’s political apparatus has been hit hard by the financial burden of his ongoing legal battles. According to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Trump’s campaign and primary super PAC, MAGA Inc., have a combined cash balance of over $56 million. However, his leadership PAC, Save America PAC, which is responsible for paying his legal fees, has just over $5 million cash on hand.

Trump’s legal and political calendars have collided in recent weeks, with the former president bouncing between Iowa, New Hampshire, and courtrooms in New York City and Washington, D.C. This has taken a toll on his fundraising and advertising capabilities, as his political action committees have spent more than they have raised.

The two PACs responsible for paying Trump’s legal fees, Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC, have spent over $49.6 million on attorneys, legal consulting, and investigation-related fees. In the last six months of 2023 alone, they spent over $28 million, compared to $21.5 million in the first half of the year.

Trump’s legal issues have also been an effective fundraising tool, as he urges his supporters to help fight back against what he claims is a witch hunt designed to damage his bid for the White House. In fact, according to a CBS News analysis, the campaign raised over $2 million in just the first 48 hours after Trump’s mug shot from Georgia’s Fulton County Jail was released, in part from sales of merchandise featuring Trump’s booking photo.

The former president faces charges in a sprawling racketeering case involving an alleged effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied any wrongdoing in each of the four criminal cases.

However, Trump’s legal troubles may complicate his future fundraising and financing efforts. The Republican National Committee, which typically plays a major role in supporting the party’s nominee, has just over $8 million in cash, less than half of what the Democratic National Committee has on hand. This could potentially impact Trump’s ability to secure the party’s nomination and compete in the general election.  

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