The latest figures bring the Trump campaign's total spending on legal fees to almost $4 million since the president took office, records show.
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. She wants to invalidate a $130,000 agreement to keep her relationship with Trump secret. The president and Cohen have filed their own suit against her, threatening to seek millions in damages. The biggest chunk of that, $348,000, went to Jones Day, the firm representing Trump in the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign by Robert Mueller and congressional committees. That was a sharp drop from the previous quarter, when the campaign paid the firm almost $215,000. They have spent $3.9 million and reported have $28.3 million cash on hand.
Unlike his predecessors, Trump began fundraising for 2020 soon after he won the presidency.
Trump's campaign and two fundraising committees that jointly raise funds with the Republican National Committee collected a total of almost $20.2 million in the first quarter, the Post reported. In first quarter of 2018, 61 percent of the direct contributions to his campaign committee came from donations of $200 or less. Typically, the current President of the United States were waiting for the second year in office to begin his re-election campaign.
Responding to the Ricketts campaign filing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist said he has been "focused on performing my elected duties in the Nebraska Legislature" and has been delayed in mounting a concerted fundraising campaign.
A consulting company owned by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was paid $1.7 million for digital and advertising services, according to the finance records. Parscale was the digital director of Trump's 2016 campaign.
Other notable payments from the campaign include $22,000 to Johnny McEntee, the president's former personal aide. McEntee was sacked from the White House amid a Department of Homeland Security investigation into possible financial crimes, a source told CNN after he was dismissed.