It is unclear how much the security for Trump’s speech, his guests, and the requested flyovers by US military planes cost US taxpayers. The National Park Service was forced to divert $2.5 million in entrance fees tagged for park maintenance to cover at least part of the additional costs, the Washington Post reported.

If the Federal Election Commission (FEC) officials determine that the Trump campaign benefitted from the July 4th speech, theoretically the campaign could be forced to pay the costs. Using federal funds for partisan political purposes violates federal law, as the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) explained earlier…