From the Daily News:
Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley has spent nearly $40,000 in campaign cash on lawyers over the past three months to beat back an ethics investigation.
New federal campaign finance records show Crowley handed $39,592 in donors' dollars to the Washington-based Brand Law Group on Sept. 18.
The Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into a fund-raiser for the Democrat hosted by lobbyists ahead of a vote on a major financial regulatory reform bill in the House. He voted in favor of it.
Crowley has denied wrongdoing, saying through a spokesman he "always complied with the letter and spirit of all rules."