Members Shell Out for Legal Fees
With so many House lawmakers under federal investigation or some other form of scrutiny, it's a good time to be a member of the ethics and criminal defense bar. New reports filed with the Federal Election Commission this week show that several members shelled out big bucks to pay legal bills in the first three months of 2008. Some of the notables:
â€¢ Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who has a separate legal defense fund, spent $129,000 from his campaign account on lawyers in the first quarter of the year. He faces a competitive GOP primary and, if he gets through that, a tough general election campaign.
â€¢ Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) sent a whopping $628,000 check from his campaign to Jones Day in April, part of his legally required mandate to pay Rep. John Boehner's (R-Ohio) legal bills from the Republican's lawsuit against him.
â€¢ Retiring Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), who has a separate legal defense fund, did not report spending any money on legal fees from his campaign account this quarter. He did report $121,000 in previously existing debt to the law firm Williams Mullen, as well as $31,000 in debt to his wife Julia's fundraising firm.
â€¢ Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who also has a legal defense fund, also spent nothing on lawyers out of his campaign account. (Related question: Is Jefferson really running for reelection? He says he is, but his campaign spent just $1,100 for the quarter, all of it on cleaning and storage fees.)
Posted by: CHAMPIONS | July 17, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse
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