New campaign finance reports show that state lawmakers have kept up their tradition of spending campaign cash on items other than campaigns.
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, spent $30,000 in July on his private attorney, the latest in a series of payments to the Albany law firm of DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian.
There has also been speculation that the FBI was/is also investigating Libous.
Libous had $673,828 in his campaign account this week.
Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, spent $495 on seminar registration in August through Robbins Research Inc. in San Diego—the company of self-help guru Tony Robbins.
State law is so porous that lawmakers have little restriction or oversight on how they use their campaign cash.
Even when they leave office, the money can still be spread around.
Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, retired at the end of 2012.
He spent $27,467 from his campaign account over the past six months, including donating $5,000 to the Gilda Club in Rochester and the Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester.
He also dropped $1,253 on a meal in October at the upscale Albany restaurant, 677 Prime.
He still has $172,483 in his campaign account.