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US President Donald Trump’s crusade paid almost $9 million in its so-far unsuccessful tender to overturn the result of the presidential election, including almost $2.3 million to lawyers and consultants who helped bring a series of longshot court cases.

Jenna Ellis, 36, the attorney who has been one of the vital prominent faces of the Trump legitimate and public relations blitz, used to be paid $30,000 in November, according to a outline the crusade filed with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday.

In October, Ellis, a senior legitimate adviser to the crusade, used to be paid $138,258, according to a preceding filing.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney who has spearheaded the crusade’s post-election legitimate efforts, does not appear in the disclosures.

Giuliani and Ellis have barnstormed a series of legislative meetings during the last couple of weeks to raise unsubstantiated claims that fraud used to be rampant in the November election and to urge state lawmakers to step in and declare Trump the winner.

Giuliani and Ellis did not respond to requests for remark.

Spokesmen for Trump’s crusade did not immediately respond to questions.

The FEC filing, which covers the period from October 15 through November 23, classified approximately $8.8 million in expenses as “recount” related.

Valid consulting used to be the crusade’s second-biggest recount expense, according to the disclosure outline. The first used to be $3 million to pay the price of a partial recount in Wisconsin that ended up increasing Biden’s lead by 87 votes. The third largest recount expense used to be almost $2.2 million for text message advertising as the crusade bombarded his supporters with requests for money.

The legitimate effort has been a powerful fund raising tool. Trump’s crusade reported that it had raised more than $207 million since the election.

Trump’s attorneys have mounted a series of lawsuits in battleground states, hoping to persuade state and federal judges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Despite the president’s repeated, and unsubstantiated, claims that the election used to be “rigged,” the court cases have focused on more narrow claims of mail-in voting irregularities.

Judges have in large part rejected those claims. The USA Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit final week ruled against Trump in a case in which he used to be seeking to overturn the result of Pennsylvania’s election, saying “Charges require particular allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

A law firm that has done extensive personal work for Trump, Kasowitz Benson Torres, the highest paid member of the recount team, received $600,000 in November, according to the FEC filing. Kasowitz isn’t listed as counsel of record on any post-election lawsuits that the crusade has brought.

Marc Kasowitz did not return requests for remark.

Another firm, Marks & Sokolov, of Philadelphia, received $161,841. The company is best known for its work in Russia and Ukraine. The firm, as an example, represents Ihor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian billionaire.

“The Trump crusade has busy our firm to supply legitimate advice,” Bruce Marks told Reuters, “I’m not going to speak about anything that’s not public approximately the work we’ve done for the crusade.” Marks said he first met Trump in 1994, when Marks used to be a state senator, and Trump came to a fund raising event.

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