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Thu Feb 15, 2024, 03:33 PM Feb 2024

"Trump is out of money": Republicans fear Trump will drain RNC funds to pay his own legal bills [View all]

A crop of senior GOP officials fear that Donald Trump's effort to pack the Republican National Committee with his preferred picks could give way to the former president using the RNC to cover his legal bills — again. Their worries come on the heels of Trump's endorsements earlier this week of his daughter-in-law, among other allies, to assume leadership roles at the committee. "While those endorsements have been well-received by many committee members — who note that it is customary for a presidential candidate to put his imprint on the party’s main campaign apparatus — others fear a potential misallocation of party resources," Politico reports.

Henry Barbour, a Mississippi committee member, told the outlet that he thinks “most RNC members will go along” with Trump's committee lineup "unless there is a play to use RNC funds for President Trump’s legal bills.” Another member who has been critical of the former president, Oscar Brock, told Politico that the RNC's recently passed budget did not allot any money for Trump's legal fees. Brock did recognize, however, the potential for the committee to reconfigure its financial plan to do so upon request, which the Tennessee committeeman said he'd be against. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the committee to pay the legal bills for things done outside the work of the committee,” Brock told Politico.

Chris LaCivita, a senior Trump campaign strategist, called the concerns about the committee paying Trump's legal fees "manufactured." Instead, the money would come from other avenues, including Trump's Save America PAC and his own pocket, senior campaign advisors told Politico. In 2021 and 2022, the RNC forked over nearly $2 million to two legal firms working on the former president's cases but stopped once Trump launched his current presidential campaign. It will still have a legal fund intended to handle lawsuits, recount efforts and typical legal business for the party.

Lara Trump this week vowed that "every penny" at the RNC would go toward helping Trump.


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Of course he will. greatauntoftriplets Feb 2024 #1
Gee, ya think? hlthe2b Feb 2024 #2
... lindysalsagal Feb 2024 #3
I don't care. They bought him. They insist on keeping him. LakeArenal Feb 2024 #4
doesn't matter if he is out of funds or not lapfog_1 Feb 2024 #5
"Trump out of money" is one of those weird mental contortions stopdiggin Feb 2024 #17
LOL, why do you think he wants his Daughter in Law to head the RNC. Fla Dem Feb 2024 #6
So they run out a criminal and whine about him robbing the RNC. GreenWave Feb 2024 #7
Not "fear" - "know" . . . . hatrack Feb 2024 #8
"Misallocation" . . . "Misallocation" . . . They couldn't go and call it outright theft now could they? NBachers Feb 2024 #9
Cry me a frikken river ayeholes!! bif Feb 2024 #10
GOP and RNC need to do the right thing IzzaNuDay Feb 2024 #11
Hurry up and end this vile party. tRump is the poison they happily embraced in the process of becoming fully diane in sf Feb 2024 #12
I would call into question making the change before he is officially the nominee. LiberalFighter Feb 2024 #13
Hey, he could always start selling assets. calimary Feb 2024 #14
Why would a billionaire need to rely on GOP funds? Why don't his supporters or the media ever ask that question? Doodley Feb 2024 #15
doesn't NEED anyone else's funds stopdiggin Feb 2024 #18
Good point. He's a taker, not a giver. Doodley Feb 2024 #20
trump is a master at getting and using OPM*... Wounded Bear Feb 2024 #16
Trump owns the RNC Progressive dog Feb 2024 #19
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