Some Big Names in Republican Fundraising Are Financing Trump's Legal Defense Fund

The Daily Beast

Some of the richest individuals in the energy, real estate, and casino industries are financing a controversial legal defense fund to help President Donald Trump foot legal bills associated with the federal investigation into Russian election meddling.

The structure of the PAC also raised red flags for some ethicists when the legal expense fund was formed in February. The political action committee structure “represents a radical and dangerous departure from established practice for government-employee legal defense funds,” wrote Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), in a column for the Los Angeles Times. “This is unprecedented in my experience—legal defense funds are not also campaign fundraising tools.”

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