The Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust, LLC was formally established in the State of Delaware on February 27, 2018, operating as a tax-exempt political organization under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code.
March 24, 2018
In November 2016, our country achieved a historic victory when we elected Donald Trump our 45th President. Since then, President Trump has worked tirelessly to fulfill his pledge to make America stronger, more prosperous, and safer—to Make America Great Again.
As a visionary and effective leader, President Trump surrounded himself with a team whose members are equally dedicated—and he’s inspired many patriotic men and women to serve side-by-side with him in his Campaign, Transition, and Administration.
Ever since President Trump’s election, powerful opponents have resisted him at every turn. They’ve called for protracted investigations of his campaign for alleged collusion with Russia—and have found no collusion.
Even so, many members of the President’s team, in order to have the legal counsel necessary to cooperate with these investigations, have been forced to incur heavy financial costs.
Today, they need our help defraying the cost of their legal expenses. That’s why we’ve established the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust: to ease the burdens of these fine Americans who have been doing their utmost for our country.
By supporting the Patriot Fund, you’re keeping faith with the people who are honoring the commitment we all made with President Trump to move together towards a stronger, more prosperous, safer and ever greater America.
Thank you for standing with the patriotic Americans who have served our country so well.
Nan Hayworth, M.D.
Interim Manager, Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust, LLC
Former Member of Congress, 19th District of New York
The Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust, LLC (the “Fund”) assists eligible recipients with paying their legal expenses incurred in connection with the investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and any related inquiries by other House and Senate committees. The Fund was formed as a limited liability company in the State of Delaware on February 27, 2018 and operates as a tax-exempt political organization under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Fund helps defray the legal expenses of eligible recipients. Eligible recipients include employees, consultants and volunteers to the Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. campaign committee, the Trump Administration Transition and the Trump Administration who have incurred legal expenses in connection with the investigations. President Donald J. Trump and his immediate family members are not eligible to receive assistance from the Fund. The Fund will not pay any legal expenses incurred on behalf of any party which arise from the defense of any charge or indictment for dishonest, fraudulent or criminal activity. The Fund does not accept earmarked donations for particular eligible recipients. All donations are used at the Fund’s sole discretion.
Compliance with Federal Ethics Laws and Rules
Among other recipients, the Fund may help defray the legal expenses of individuals who are currently serving in the Trump Administration. Under federal ethics law, only certain donations may be used to pay legal expenses on behalf of federal government employees. The Fund asks all donors to answer questions that will assist the Fund in determining how best to use the donor’s donation in accordance with federal ethics law. Donations that may be used to pay the legal expenses of federal government employees are deposited into a dedicated account for that purpose. All other donations are deposited into a separate account to pay for the legal expenses of other eligible recipients who are not federal government employees. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (the “OGE”) has confirmed that administering the Fund in this manner complies with relevant federal ethics law. Prior to the Fund’s formation, the OGE reviewed the Fund’s draft operating agreement. While as a matter of protocol the OGE does not officially approve or disapprove of any specific legal expense fund, in a letter dated January 29, 2018, OGE Acting Director and General Counsel David J. Apol stated: “if the fund is established and administered in accordance with the terms set out in the attached agreement, both the managers and the employee recipients will be in compliance with 18 U.S.C. 209” and “adherence to the terms of the agreement [for the Fund] should ensure that the employee recipients do not violate [relevant ethics rules] as a result of the planned activities” of the Fund.
Fundraising Restrictions and Transparency
The Fund may accept donations from individuals, corporations and other organizations provided they are not foreign nationals or Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) registrants. Federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to the Fund. In addition, the Fund does not accept donations from persons registered under FARA. As a political organization operating under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, the Fund is required to electronically file periodic reports of its receipts and disbursements with the Internal Revenue Service. These reports will be available on the IRS website, and will disclose the name, address, occupation and employer of any person, if the donor is an individual, that donates an aggregate of $200 or more in a calendar year to the Fund. Donations to the Fund are not tax-deductible.