Six months ago I reported on Governor Rod Blagojevich’s legal expenditures from his campaign fund.
I found the firm of Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Tay was paid $6,040 in August, September and October. Monico Pavich & Spevack was paid $6,930.12 for copies in July.
Perhaps more significant was $34,068.38 paid former Governor Jim Thompson’s firm, Winston & Strawn on the last day of December.
I went through Blagojevich's expenditures twice, but missed what Rich Miller discovered. Winston & Strawn got another $151,816.66 on January 27th. (Thanks to Rich for correcting me.)
During the last six months small amounts were again paid to Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Tay:
1-03 $1,316.25This does not read like a governor who thinks he is in big trouble.
Of course, Blagojevich could already have a separate legal defense fund, whose contributions and expenditures would not be subject to public scrutiny.
And, for those hoping to find lawyers' fees for Republican candidate Judy Topinka, you are going to be disappointed.
Nothing's on her campaign disclosure form.
Topinka tapped her campaign for a relatively modest $23,599.90 in September, 2003. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw are her lawyers of choice. She first wrote a check to the firm for $10,600 during the third week of May, 2003.
If there is a U.S. Attorney's investigation about her use of state employees for political purposes four years ago, it certainly cannot be very active.