Grantee documents how Donald Trump’s donors have paid more than $130 million in legal fees

Donald Trump’s political network has reported paying $130 million to cover the cost of lawyers and law firms as legal fees soar. (Image via Getty – Edited by Dylan Manshack / OpenSecrets)

Groups in former President Donald Trump’s political network have reported using about $130 million in donor funds to pay lawyers and cover legal costs since he began running for office, according to an analysis by OpenSecrets supported by the Fund. As the former president faces mounting legal issues, his political operation steered more money than ever into covering legal fees. Some watchdog groups have raised questions about whether the former president should be continuing to use donor funds to pay his lawyers now that his main political operation is his 2024 presidential campaign.