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New York: Michael Grimm Racks Up Huge Legal Bills
Posted at 12:53 p.m. on June 15, 2012
Rep. Michael Grimm (R), who the FBI is reportedly looking into investigating, racked up more than $321,000 in legal fees from April 1 to June 6, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed late Thursday.
During that period, Grimm’s campaign raised $144,000 and disbursed $71,000 but accrued $336,000 worth of debt, including the $321,000 to Patton Boggs LLP, a high-powered Washington, D.C., firm.
Grimm’s campaign did not respond to telephone and email requests for comment Friday morning. At the end of June 6, Grimm had a very comfortable $1.2 million in cash on hand.
In the November general election, Grimm is set to face a weak Democratic opponent, Mark Murphy, a former aide to the New York City public advocate.
Murphy pulled in just $112,000 during the two-month period — with a lot of help from Democratic Members of Congress and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — and ended with $177,000 in cash on hand. The fact that he was able to pull in such a relatively small sum of money as a Democratic Congressional candidate in heavily Democratic and extremely wealthy New York City underlines Murphy’s weakness.