Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign has so far paid an estimated $9 million in its failing bid to overthrow election results which declared Trump the loser and Joe Biden the winner, a report with the Federal Election Commission shows.
That $9 million bill for Trump's failing legal onslaught includes nearly $2.3 million paid to lawyers and consultants behind the wacky "Kraken" court cases, among them Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.
Jenna Ellis, 36, the attorney who has been one of the most prominent faces of the Trump legal and public relations blitz, was paid $30,000 in November, according to a report the campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday.
In October, Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the campaign, was paid $138,258, according to a previous filing.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney who has spearheaded the campaign's post-election legal efforts, does not appear in the disclosures.
(…) The FEC filing, which covers the period from Oct. 15 through Nov. 23, classified about $8.8 million in expenses as "recount" related.
Legal consulting was the campaign's second-biggest recount expense, according to the disclosure report. The first was $3 million to pay the cost of a partial recount in Wisconsin that ended up increasing Biden's lead by 87 votes. The third largest recount expense was nearly $2.2 million for text message advertising as the campaign bombarded his supporters with requests for money.
Trump's campaign reports it has raised more than $207 million since the election, mostly on the strength of their "stop the steal" grift narrative.