Silver Draws $1.5 Million From Campaign Fund to Pay Lawyers

Sheldon Silver. File photo.

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.
Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.

Campaign finance filings show that Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has spent more than $1.5 million in legal fees since his arrest in January on federal corruption charges.

The former Assembly speaker paid the law firm MoloLamken more than $1 million from his campaign fund. Another $500,000 went to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, another legal practice.  There’s still $1.76 million remaining in the campaign account, although contributions slowed down dramatically this year. Only about $3,000 was collected in the first half of this year.

Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group told the Daily News, “That’s an eye-popping amount.” His organization believes politicians should not be allowed to use campaign money to finance legal defenses.

Silver is accused of accepting kickbacks to the tune of $4 million. He’s scheduled to go on trial in November.