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Silver Draws $1.5 Million From Campaign Fund to Pay Lawyers

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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.


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  1. Seems like an odd use for campaign funds but as long as it’s not matching money like in pres race I suppose it’s legit.

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