How did Sheldon Silver, out of office for all 2016, spend more this election cycle than any other NY pol?
Politico reports that Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly speaker, spent at least $3.6 million dollars of campaign funds since Dec. 2014, despite having resigned in January of 2015.
Where did that money go?
Most went to Silver’s lawyers, with $2.2 million to Manhattan law firm Mololakmen LLP and $730,000 to another Manhattan firm, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, which specializes in “transactional and litigation guidance to multinational corporations, investment banks and venture capital” according to their website.
Politicians are not allowed to spend campaign funds on “personal uses” but can spend them on legal fees. It’s a practice so widespread that another of the cycle’s top-five spenders, Dean Skelos, is also out of office because of corruption charges and used $1.7 million of his campaign funds to pay lawyers.
Furthermore, it’s a practice that few expect to end soon. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’d have the option of vetoing such changes if they came through the state legislature, has used campaign funds to pay for lawyers for his embattled aid Joe Percoco.