Despite all his legal woes, Donald Trump is the leading candidate to grab the GOP presidential nomination. As the Republican standard bearer, he will be expected to not only campaign and raise money on his own behalf, but to do the same for other Republicans running for office.
The Republicans running for office shouldn't count on much help from Trump. Trump famously pretends to be a generous big spender, but is nowhere to be found when the bill is due. Besides his disinclination to help candidates (he may not have the financial resources) his campaign time will be limited. He is likely to be preoccupied with his various court cases. Trump has complained about Republican candidates using his name and photo in their own fundraising efforts: "it is not their right to use my likeness or image to raise funds".
This supposed billionaire is using money donated ostensibly for his presidential campaign to cover his legal expenses. He has been ignoring the pleadings of his codefendants to help with their legal expenses. Instead he has been looking out for number one. He only helps his codefendants--for example he hosted a fundraiser for Rudy Giuliani--when it's A. other people's money and B. to avoid having the codefendant "flip" on Trump. He is paying for Waltine Nauta's attorney who you can be sure is protecting Trump's interests before Naura's interests.
Trump's legal fights burn through his campaign war chest
The political action committees backing former President Trump's presidential campaign are increasingly intertwined with his legal woes.
Why it matters: This has created an unprecedented "grey area" of campaign finance, Jordan Libowitz, a spokesperson for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told Axios.
Trump's leadership PAC, Save America, paid more than $36 million in legal fees for Trump's aides and his associates between Jan. 1 of 2021 and June 30 of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported from FEC data.
"Nearly 90% of Save America's everyday expenses this year accounted for legal-related costs," per the Journal.