Sen. Thomas Libous, amid questions over using his influence to get his son a job, dropped nearly $30,000 on lawyers in May and June through his campaign account, state records show.
Libous used his campaign cash to pay $25,000 in May to the prominent Albany law firm of DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian. In June, he paid $4,500 to the Binghamton law firm of Aswad & Ingraham, the records show. (h/t to Capital Tonight)
Libous, the powerful Binghamton Republican who is the Senate’s deputy majority leader, spent $329,572 during the six-month filing period from January through June. He raised $432,843 and had $763,037 on hand, his filing today showed.
There was no immediate comment from Libous’ office on the spending.
In March during a corruption trial in Westchester County, a witness testified that Libous used his influence to get his son Matthew a $150,000-a-year job at a politically connected Westchester law firm.
Libous denied the charges, but the state Joint Commission Public Ethics appeared to review the case after Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan filed a complaint with the agency. JCOPE has refused to say whether it is still investigating Libous, and Libous has declined to comment.