Gov. Andrew Cuomo used campaign funds to pay the attorney representing him in his harassment case despite previously stating that he would use state financing to pay for his legal fees.
Cuomo’s reelection campaign, “Andrew Cuomo for New York,” gave Glavin PLLC, a New York-based law firm, $111,774 on May 3 and $173,098 on June 2, according to disclosures released by New York’s Board of Elections on Friday. That same June day, Cuomo told reporters that he would use taxpayer funding rather than campaign finances for his legal defense amid the New York State Assembly’s “impeachment investigation” into claims of harassment against the governor.
It was estimated in early June that Cuomo’s legal defense could cost New York taxpayers up to $2.5 million.