From the NY Post:
City Comptroller John Liu shelled out $346,000 for his mayoral campaign this quarter but spent close to 20 percent of those funds on lawyers.
The embattled politician — whose top fund-raiser, Oliver Pan, and treasurer, Jenny Hou, were accused of funneling illegal contributions to his campaign war chest — paid more than $71,000 in legal fees, according to his most recent campaign-finance filing.
Liu’s expenses included $50,000 to the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and $7,740.58 for legal services to Lankler Carragher & Horwitz LLP.
From the Daily News:
At least seven staffers in the city controller’s office have held fund-raisers or bundled donations for Liu’s mayoral campaign, records show. The staffers have raised a total of $14,695 for Liu, whose fund-raising practices are under federal investigation.
Those contributions will be worth close to $20,000 through the city’s generous matching funds program.
City employees are allowed to raise money for their politician bosses as long as the pol doesn’t ask for their help and as long as the political work didn’t happen during work hours.
Liu’s office insisted that no rules were broken, but government watchdogs say the practice raises eyebrows.