Former associates and advisers to President Donald Trump have turned to crowdfunding and other financial backers to help mitigate the costs of their mounting legal bills, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Michael Caputo was able to raise more than $325,000 on GoFundme, more than enough to cover the $130,000 in legal bills surrounding his interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller, the Journal reported.
Caputo is one of five former associates or administration employees who established legal defense funds to defray legal costs, the Journal reported. Caputo was a former communications adviser in the early days of Trump's presidential campaign.
"It's not such a bad look to hold out a tin cup, because nobody can afford this level of legal costs," Caputo told the Journal.
Michael Flynn was the first to do it as the former national security adviser racked up more than $1 million in legal bills. Roger Stone and Paul Manafort have also gone that route as well, the Journal reports.
Also, an official fund called the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust was set up to help White House officials and former campaign aides with their legal bills. Former Rep. Nina Hayworth is the interim manager of the fund, which has been approved by the Office of Government Ethics, the Journal reports.
Caputo, for one, never heard back from the Patriot fund after his request for assistance, the Journal reports.
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