(FreedomBeacon.com)- The New York Times reported last week that although former President Donald Trump used nearly $10 million from his Save America PAC to pay for his personal legal fees, his attorney Rudy Guiliani didn’t get a penny.
According to federal election filings, Trump’s personal legal bills were part of over $16 million Trump’s Save America PAC spent on legal-related payments in 2021 and 2022.
While some of that money went to paying for lawyers representing witnesses in the January 6 investigations, a large portion of it, about $10 million, went to law firms representing Trump personally in various lawsuits and investigations, including those related to the Trump Organization.
According to the New York Times, some campaign finance experts are questioning whether Trump can continue to use PAC money to pay personal legal bills now that he is officially a candidate for president in 2024.
Some campaign experts argue that having his PAC pay his legal bills would be considered a contribution to Trump, making the payments subject to legal limits.
The bulk of the nearly $10 million went to the Florida law firm Critton, Luttier, and Coleman which the Save America PAC paid $3 million. The firm’s Christopher M. Kise initially joined Trump’s legal team to deal with the classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago. He is now defending Trump and the Trump Organization in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ fraud lawsuit.
Additionally, another $930,000 was paid by Save America PAC to Continental, a law firm for which Christopher Kise serves as counsel.
Save America PAC paid $1.3 million to the firm Silverman Thompson Slutkin and White, for which Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran is an attorney. Corcoran began working for Trump last spring while the investigation into the presidential records at Mar-a-Lago first began to heat up.
Additionally, Save America PAC paid $1.2 million in legal fees to attorney Jim Trusty’s firm Ifrah Law. Another $1.3 million went to the law firm of Michael van der Veen, who represented Trump in his second impeachment, and the Trump Organization in the tax fraud case brought by the District Attorney of Manhattan.
Save America PAC also made several smaller payments for lawyers who have worked with the former president, including Harmeet Dhillon, Jesse Binnall, and Tim Parlatore.
But the one lawyer who did not receive any payments from Save America PAC is Trump’s former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. According to the Times, Trump allegedly told his aides in late 2020 that he didn’t want Giuliani to get paid for his work challenging the 2020 presidential election unless he succeeded in overturning the results.