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Collins' Spokesperson Confirms Republican Congressman Has Been Paying Huge Legal Bills with Campaign Contributions

Things keep looking worse for the overtly corrupt congressman.

Congratulations to Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-NY) donors. Not only has he been arrested for insider trading, but you guys have been paying his rather impressive legal fees—up to $60,000 a month!

A spokesman for the Collins legal team confirmed that the payments from the campaign were for the investigation by the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics and an ongoing inquiry by the House Ethics Committee. Going forward, the congressman will pay for his legal bills out of his own pocket, the spokesman added.

Isn’t that big of him—now that he’s actually been arrested in a criminal case and not just investigated by ethics offices, he’ll pay his own bills. What a guy.

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Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.