Spending by Trump’s Save America PAC has soared amid legal battles surrounding the Mar-a-Lago quest

More than $3.8 million of that money — or more than $6 out of every $10 spent by Trump’s PACs last month — went to legal fees, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission filed Tuesday night. The largest legal expense was a one-time payment of $3 million into the trust account of a West Palm Beach, Florida, law firm.

The PAC’s post-election fundraising has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. CNN reported earlier this month that a federal grand jury issued subpoenas seeking information about Save America’s formation, fundraising and spending.
Leadership PACs, fundraising tools to help politicians support other candidates, operate under looser rules than committees linked to active candidates — allowing Trump to use donor money for personal expenses. The PAC’s spending on legal fees in August was four times what it spent on legal expenses the previous month as the former president, who has not been charged with a crime, faces growing legal concerns.

New filings show Save America made a large federal contribution last month, sending $150,000 on Aug. 3 to Wyoming Values ​​– a super PAC that worked to defeat a top Trump target, Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney, one of Trump’s fiercest critics on Capitol Hill, lost the Republican primary to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman on August 16.

Trump’s PAC entered September with more than $92 million in cash reserves, according to new filings — one of the healthiest bank accounts in GOP politics. By comparison, the National Republican Senatorial Committee — the GOP fundraising arm tasked with flipping the Senate — had just $16 million in the bank starting in September and running up to Election Day.

Trump has publicly pressed for more financial aid to Republican Senate candidates, some of whom are struggling to compete financially with their Democratic rivals ahead of November’s general election. In Arizona, for example, Trump-endorsed politician Blake Masters raised nearly $5 million through the end of June, the latest candidate filings show, while Sen. Mark Kelly, the Democrat trying to unseat him, raised $54 million.

In an email to CNN on Tuesday night, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said the former president is “fully invested in seeing his nominees win.”

And he said Trump’s frequent rallies “serve as the most powerful political weapon in American politics” and “bring new voters and invaluable media attention that propel candidates to victory on Election Day.”

Trump will make an appearance on Friday in Wilmington, North Carolina, to support his slate of nominees there.

But some Republican strategists are questioning the value of those facts after a recent appearance in Ohio, where Trump lashed out at his support for GOP candidate JD Vance, the candidate he endorsed in the U.S. Senate race.

Most candidates “would rather have someone come in with a lot of money to drive home your message than a one-day event where you can’t control what the main attraction is going to say,” said veteran Doug Heye. Republican strategist and former spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

With control of the Senate on the line, deep-pocketed Republican groups have stepped up to fill the void, including the Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC affiliated with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has pledged to spend more than $185 million on Senate races. (The McConnell-aligned super PAC announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing its remaining October ad bookings from Arizona, citing increased spending by other Republican groups, including Our American Century.)

New filings with the Federal Election Commission show Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn donated $10 million to Our American Century last month.

That committee has spent nearly $7 million in key states, including ads to support Republican Mehmet Oz’s Senate bid in Pennsylvania and to oppose several Democratic senators seeking re-election.

CNN’s Michael Warren and David Wright contributed to this report.