Cuomo, a Democrat known for his campaign fundraising prowess, raised $5.2 million over the past six months, leaving his political arm with $12.7 million on hand, according to records filed Wednesday with the state Board of Elections.
The governor’s campaign also reported $1.3 million in expenses, including $100,000 to a law firm that has represented Cuomo’s administration in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a $120,000 bonus paid to his campaign manager and $25,000 for singer Aretha Franklin, who performed at a fundraiser for the governor last month.
$100K to a law firm that has represented Cuomo in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office?
That needs more explanation:
The legal fees were paid to the New York City-based firm of Elkan Abramowitz, a white-collar defense attorney.
Abramowitz was hired last year to represent Cuomo’s administration in U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation related to the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption panel abruptly shuttered by Cuomo in March 2014.
In a brief statement, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the fees were “incurred for prior legal services.” The $100,000 payment went out last month, according to Cuomo’s filing.
$100K "incurred for prior legal services"?
Last year, Cuomo's campaign dropped $110K to the same law firm for Abramowitz's representation of the administration in the U.S. Attorney's office probe.
So Cuomo has spent $210,000 on legal fees since he shuttered the Moreland Commission and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara picked up the investigation and began to probe the shutdown.
I know lawyers are expensive and all, but $210K in legal representation is a pretty nice chunk of change.
No wonder Cuomo keeps fund raising like he's running for a third term.
Legal representation is expensive.