Donald Trump’s presidential campaign steadily increased spending on private security after he received Secret Service protection as a candidate in 2015, and it has continued paying private security firms since Election Day, an analysis of federal records shows.
Donald J. Trump For President, INC., the president-elect’s campaign committee, spent $262,074 for “security services” for the period between Oct. 20 and Nov. 28, according to the campaign’s post-general election filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The total includes $88,875 spent on one firm alone, XMark LLC., during a nine-day stretch from Nov. 14 to Nov. 23, records show.
Overall, XMark, a firm that features pictures of private guards surrounding Mr. Trump on its website, received $164,121,50 from the Trump campaign between Oct. 20 and the end of November. The spending was up from the first three weeks of October, when the campaign paid the firm $29,506.
XMark is one of several private security firms on which the Trump campaign continued spending money after the president-elect was granted Secret Service protection.
Arrow Security, whose services include providing bodyguards and advanced security teams, also saw an uptick in spending from the Trump campaign in the days after the election. The firm received $2,774 from the campaign for the period covering Oct. 1-19, and $2,910 for the 20 days after Election Day, records show.