Politicians Can Continue to Use Campaign Contributions to Finance Criminal Defense Attorneys

Besides the McHenry Township referendum case handed down yesterday by the Illinois Supreme Court, one determini that there is nothing illegal about writing Political Action Committee checks to criminal defense attorneys when a legislator, ex-legislator or other elected official gets in legal trouble was rendered.

The obvious answer to people like Mike Madigan, Ed Burke, Jack Franks, etc., using campaign money to pay defense lawyers is to pass a law specifically prohibiting that practice.

Mike Madigan’s name is on the top of Jack Franks’ 2012 Chicago fundraising invitation. Surely, it is mere coincidence that three out of four of those named on the cover of this invitation have used campaign funds to pay criminal defense attorneys.

But, aparently, that would put too many incumbents in a conflict-of-interest position.

WTTW reports,

“The Supreme Court affirmed the Illinois State Board of Elections decision that found Solis’ use of campaign funds to pay legal fees was a proper expenditure ‘incurred to defray the customary and reasonable expenses of an officeholder in connection with the performance of governmental and public service functions’ in accordance with state law.”


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Politicians Can Continue to Use Campaign Contributions to Finance Criminal Defense Attorneys — 4 Comments

  1. It’s the Illinois DEMOCRAT’S party way of self-insuring against those pesky and costly corruption charges.

    Got it now?

  2. Isn’t Franks motto “Justice, Justice Thou Shall Pursue”.*

    *At the donator’s expense

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