Wall Street Journal:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has spent at least $5.4 million in taxpayer money on lawyers related to state and federal investigations into his fundraising activities, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Work continues into several of the investigations, and the fees to local law firms are likely to climb further, this person said. The current tally represents fees through early October, the person said.
Investigators are looking at whether Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, exchanged government actions for donations, according to people familiar with the matter. Several of the mayor’s closest allies have received subpoenas as part of the investigation.
Neither the mayor nor his allies have been accused of wrongdoing, and Mr. de Blasio has said he and his staff have followed all laws.
Most of the legal fees were paid to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a white-collar law firm representing the mayor’s office and city officials involved in the investigations. The fees covered reviewing and producing documents for prosecutors and preparing city employees for interviews, this person said.
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