Trump’s campaign committee spent $7.7 million between July 1 and September 30, more than double its spending during the previous quarter.
Its legal expenses also soared in that time, accounting for $1.6 million, or about one-fifth of his campaign’s total costs during the three-month period. That’s the most his campaign has spent on legal bills in any quarter.
About $1.3 million of that total went to Jones Day, the firm that handles the campaign’s election matters but also has represented it in connection with the investigations into Russia’s election meddling.
A campaign spokesman did not respond Tuesday to an inquiry about the growing legal expenses.
His campaign and joint fundraising arms he operates with the Republican National Committee added more than $18 million to their coffers during the third quarter of the year, pushing total fundraising past the $100 million mark for an election that is more than two years away.
No president since Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s has started chasing cash so early, said Brendan Glavin of the Campaign Finance Institute, which tracks political fundraising and spending.
“In recent memory, it’s totally unheard of,” Glavin said.
Trump also has hit the campaign trail early, holding rallies within months of occupying the White House. Those events have intensified in recent weeks as Trump stumps for Republicans scrambling to retain their majorities in the House and Senate.
His campaign’s filings with the Federal Election Commission show more than $1 million went to renting halls and arenas, “event consulting” and other costs associated with staging rallies.
Trump also is sharing some of his largesse with other Republicans. Through Sept. 30, his campaign had donated $214,000 to dozens of candidates, many of them House candidates fighting for their political lives on Nov. 6.
Trump’s campaign committee started October with $35.4 million in available cash.
Trump’s current cash stockpile “isn’t something a Democratic challenger wouldn’t be able to overcome once the presidential campaign gets rolling,” Glavin said.