Former state Sen. Nick Spano, a Yonkers Republican serving a jail sentence for tax evasion, has tapped his campaign account for more than $135,000 in legal fees despite leaving office in 2006.
Former state Sen. Nicholas Spano is in federal prison for cheating the government out of $53,000 in taxes. But his legal costs for the case now top more than $135,000.
Not that Spano is out any of that money. His campaign committee, Friends of Nick Spano, has paid all of it — including more than $83,000 to three law firms in January, a month before he was charged and pleaded guilty in the case. Once out of office, former elected officials can continue using their campaign funds, though not for personal expenses. The state Board of Elections has never issued an opinion as to whether campaign coffers can be used for legal fees unrelated to election contests.
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