- Shayanne Gal/Samantha Lee/Business Insider
- President Donald Trump’s campaign has spent more than $6 million on business expenses in 2018.
- More than half of that was spent on lawyers and digital consultants.
- Campaign manager Brad Parscale’s firm received more than $2.8 million from the Trump campaign in the first half of 2018.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has spent more than $6 million on business expenditures throughout the first half of 2018, Federal Election Commission filings showed.
And more than half of those payments went to one of two listed categories – digital and legal consulting.
Trump’s July quarterly FEC filing, posted last month, showed that the president’s campaign spent far more than former President Barack Obama’s campaign over the same span in his last election cycle. Much of that can be attributed to Trump’s campaign having ramped up its campaign operation from the very onset of Trump taking office, an unprecedented move.
The president’s campaign has so far spent more than $600,000 this year on costs directly related to putting on campaign events, in addition to another $330,000 in travel expenses, FEC filings showed.
In the legal realm, Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on lawyers in 2018. Jones Day, Larocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha LLP, and Harder LLP were the law firms receiving most of those fees.
The largest chunk of Trump campaign cash went toward digital advertising – namely to the firm of Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale. The Trump campaign paid Parscale Strategy more than $2.8 million in the first half of 2018 for the purpose of “digital consulting and online advertising,” according to filings.
Note: The above graphic does not include the campaign’s payroll expenses