In some situations, the Commission has found that campaign funds can be used to cover up to 50% of legal costs that are not directly related to allegations arising from the activities of campaign or public office holders (e.g., activity before the incumbent became a candidate, or the activity of a business owned by the candidate/licensee), whether the candidate or incumbent is required to provide the press with substantive responses to allegations of misconduct. However, the commission did not allow campaign funds to be used to cover the legal costs of voters who sued for special election registration, as these costs would exist independently of the candidate`s campaign for federal office. Republicans at the state level have also used party resources to cover legal fees associated with Trump`s attempts to stay in power. Georgia`s GOP paid more than $20,000 this summer to the company, which represents party officials, including President David Shafer, before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. Another $25,000 went to the firm that represents Shafer and other members of a number of alternative voters who support Trump despite his defeat in the state. Shafer declined to comment. However, experts say the GOP`s recent payments of Trump`s legal fees after he left the White House for investigations unrelated to the upcoming presidential campaign are a highly unusual move, underscoring the former president`s continued influence on the party. ✓ Remuneration of election judges and social workers over $12.00 per hour for election day and the central counting office, including early voting and late or provisional election commissions. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ruled last month that Michigan state and local election officials are entitled to reimbursement of their legal fees, but has not yet determined the exact amount. The judge will now review the $200,000 request to determine if it is appropriate.
Many Republicans are “exhausted and troubled” by Trump`s ongoing election challenges, Rooney said, “because all he`s doing is giving a lot of water to people who want to oppose the Republican Party, at least the ones I knew.” CNN`s tally examined the legal fees paid this calendar year by PAC Make America Great Again and Trump`s main political vehicle, Save America PAC. The filings do not show which specific lawyers in the firm received payments, and the filings do not explain what the law firms did for the Trump committees, other than the general description of “legal advice” or “legal fees.” The party is involved in 30 “election integrity” lawsuits, Alvarez said, with financial disclosures showing $500,000 in payments to the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. over $260,000 to McGuireWoods and $243,000 to Consovoy McCarthy PLLC. WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Michigan officials demanded on Wednesday that lawyers who filed a lawsuit to overturn former President Donald Trump`s election defeat in the state pay about $200,000 to reimburse legal and related fees. “In situations where a third party may pay all or part of the attorneys` fees on behalf of a client we represent, we provide independent legal advice to our client, we are loyal to our client, and we always serve the best interests of our clients,” Abel told CNN. “It`s very disheartening to see RNC donors funding Trump`s bills,” former Rep. Francis Rooney R-Fla told ABC News. The majority of statutory payments go to the attorneys representing him in the Mar-a-Lago documents case.
Ron Kaufman, treasurer of the RNC and a longtime member of the Massachusetts committee, also defended the use of party resources for election-related and election-related prosecutions. The RNC has so far paid three law firms on Trump`s behalf, paying $328,000 to NechelesLaw LLP, $200,000 to van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, and $172,000 to Fischetti & Malgieri LLP. The Washington Post reported that the RNC has agreed to pay up to $1.6 million of Trump`s legal bills. In addition to advising Trump, the RNC`s broader legal fees were significant and came primarily from a dedicated account that cannot be used for other purposes. The payments, totaling more than $20 million, covered everything from normal compliance advice to wide-ranging efforts to force changes to the way local officials conduct elections.