Donald Trump’s Legal Bills Soar as Indictments Pile Up: Former President’s PACs Spend $50 Million in 2023

Washington, D.C. – Former President Donald Trump’s legal troubles have proven to be a lucrative source of funding, as recent filings with the Federal Election Commission reveal that his political organizations, Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC, spent approximately $50 million on legal fees in 2023. These expenses cover the legal defense costs for a series of indictments and civil trials faced by Trump and his associates.

One notable expenditure was made by the Save America PAC, which spent $11 million in the latter half of 2023 on legal fees related to the civil fraud trial initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The trial seeks $370 million from Trump, his two sons, and two other co-defendants. Leading the payments were Chris Kise & Associates, receiving $3.3 million, and Continental PLLC, a law firm employing Kise, which received $3.6 million.

Similarly, the law firm Clifford Robert, Robert & Robert received $3.9 million from Save America, representing Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump in their tax fraud and falsifying business records case.

In addition, attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who vied against Ronna McDaniel for the Republican National Committee chairmanship last year, was allocated $4.61 million earlier in 2023. Dhillon will represent a case against Trump, seeking to prevent him from appearing on state ballots under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This includes the Supreme Court’s review of Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove Trump from the GOP primary ballot.

Taking into account defamation cases, Alina Habba and Michael Madaio received over $4 million in 2023 for the lawsuit brought by columnist E. Jean Carroll. A Manhattan jury recently ruled that Trump must pay Carroll $83.3 million for defaming her repeatedly. Another New York jury had previously found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation in May 2023, awarding Carroll $5 million in damages. Carroll had accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Furthermore, Trump’s legal expenses encompassed a $2.6 million payment to John Lauro, who is representing the former president in a federal indictment alleging that he attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The New York-based firm Blanche Law, handling multiple criminal cases involving Trump, received just under $2.3 million.

These latest figures shed light on the significant financial resources allocated to defending Trump and his interests in the face of numerous legal challenges. As he continues to navigate the legal landscape, Trump’s ability to amass substantial funds from his donor base proves critical.