January 09, 2013

Secretary of State wants “legal defense fund” to help pay attorneys

In the News

Secretary of State Scott Gessler is the subject of this week's cover story in part because he's facing criminal and ethics investigations for his alleged misuse of funds. On Monday, the state's Independent Ethics Commission voted unanimously to continue its investigation despite his requests for dismissal. But that's not his only request with the commission. Gessler's staff also presented a proposal for the creation of a "legal defense fund" that would help him pay his attorneys.

At question is Gessler's use of state money to go to Florida this summer, where he attended a Republican National Lawyers Association event and then the Republican National Convention. Gessler, a Republican, has argued that the first event was part of his official business and that public dollars were not used for the RNC in Tampa, which he attended in support of Mitt Romney.