Small donors help pay Trump lawyers

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WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign paid $50 000 to the law of­fice now rep­re­sent­ing Don­ald Trump Jr a lit­tle more than a week be­fore news sur­faced of an un­re­ported meet­ing with a Rus­sian at­tor­ney that has prompted new ac­cu­sa­tions of col­lu­sion.

The pay­ment to the Law Of­fices of Alan S. Futer­fas, dated June 27, was dis­closed in a fil­ing with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Satur­day.

It was de­scribed as cov­er­ing “le­gal con­sult­ing” fees. Sep­a­rately, the cam­paign also paid more than $538 000 to Jones Day, the law firm that rep­re­sented Trump’s cam­paign dur­ing the elec­tion.

The cam­paign also paid $89 561 for “le­gal con­sult­ing” to The Trump Cor­po­ra­tion, which is owned by the pres­i­dent. The pay­ment was dated June 30. In the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017, Trump’s re­elec­tion cam­paign raised about $8 mil­lion and spent $4,4 mil­ lion, ac­cord­ing to Satur­day’s dis­clo­sures. Much of the money came in the form of “small dol­lar” do­na­tions of less than $250.

Trump and his cam­paign have fre­quently touted the num­ber of small­dol­lar donors as proof of his wide­spread sup­port.

Trump filed for re­elec­tion the day af­ter tak­ing of­fice — al­low­ing his cam­paign to con­tinue to raise and spend money while he is in of­fice. — Reuters.

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