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Donald Trump paid $12.5 million to his businesses during the campaign and it's all legal


Donald Trump's businesses made $12.5 million from Trump's campaign, new Federal Election Commission filings show. The campaign spent $2.9 million reimbursing Trump properties for expenses in the final filing period, according to the Washington Post.

Trump Tower received $462,000 and Trump International in Las Vegas was reimbursed $177,000. The biggest beneficiary was Tag Air Inc., a Trump-owned company that operates his airplanes and was paid $8.7 million. The next biggest payment -- $2.2 million -- went to Trump Payroll Corp. and Trump Tower Commercial LLC.

In the past, Trump has scoffed at public criticism of his ties to his businesses once POTUS.

Is it legal?

Recent filings show that all of the money came directly from Trump's own campaign and according to a CNN Money report, it's all legal.

"If he was doing it to make a profit off of it, and he charged more than he was supposed to have charged, then there is a problem," said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center.

There is no evidence the Trump campaign did that.

Even Eric Trump’s wine company got in on the deal with a $32,196 campaign kickback.

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