Last year, former US President Donald Trump used $10 million from his political action committee (PAC) to pay his legal bills, according to a report by The New York Times.
The report revealed that Trump’s PAC, Save America, made multiple payments to law firms that were representing the former president in his legal battles, including those related to the 2020 election and his impeachment trial.
The payments were made using the funds raised by the PAC, which were primarily donated by Trump’s supporters to help fund his political activities, such as campaigning for Republican candidates and supporting conservative causes.
Critics of Trump have raised concerns about the use of PAC funds to pay for his personal legal bills, arguing that it goes against the intended purpose of the PAC, which is to support political activities, not personal expenses.
In response to the report, a spokesperson for Trump defended the use of the PAC funds, stating that “the expenses were incurred in the course of carrying out the committee’s mission and were entirely legal.”
The spokesperson also noted that other political figures, including former President Barack Obama, have used their PACs to pay for legal expenses in the past.
However, the use of PAC funds for personal expenses has been a controversial issue in US politics, with some arguing that it undermines the transparency and accountability of the political process.
Trump’s use of PAC funds to pay for legal bills is just the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the former president’s financial dealings, including his refusal to release his tax returns and ongoing investigations into his businesses and personal finances.
The issue is likely to be closely scrutinized in the coming months, as Trump continues to play a prominent role in Republican politics and his PAC remains a major source of fundraising for conservative candidates and causes.