At any given time, it seems there are some members of Congress paying lawyers to defend questions about their activities or handle legal and financial issues regarding their campaign funds. The third quarter saw the following examples.
Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., had his campaign committee pay $45,000 for legal fees in the third quarter. The committee paid $25,000 to Dechert LLP, and $20,000 to Perkins Coie LLP. Bishop is still under review by the House Ethics Committee over solicitations of contributions after performing official acts.
Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., used his campaign funds to pay $40,015 to lawyers during the third quarter. The Roskam for Congress committee paid the funds to the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP. Roskam’s trip with his wife to Taiwan in October 2011 is still under review by the House Ethics Committee.
Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., used his Rangel for Congress committee to pay $39,000 in legal fees. The committee paid Jay Goldenberg, PC, in New York, $35,000 and Gary Berkson in Washington, D.C. $4,000. Rangel is suing Speaker John Boehner and six other lawmakers, claiming problems with the House Ethics Committee investigation that led to his December 2010 censure for failing to pay certain taxes and soliciting contributions from businesses.
Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., had his campaign committee pay $4,000 to Perkins Coie LLP. Tierney’s personal financial disclosure reports, and payments to his wife, had been under review by the House Ethics Committee, but the committee determined no action was necessary and closed the case in September 2013.