WXXI Local Stories
Tue March 13, 2007
State Majority Leader Used GOP Funds for Legal Defense
By Rachel Ward
Albany, NY – State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno dipped into the Senate GOP's campaign fund to cover his legal bills as he was investigated by federal agents about his business activities.
As he was using the cash, he was hiding the federal probe from the public.
Associated Press reviewed records of Republican campaign funds and found that Bruno covered bills stemming from the federal investigation between July and November.
The senator's office says that Bruno's own campaign for relection reimbursed the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
About $2,500 dollars went to an Albany law firm for the still-ongoing investigation that involves the flow of state funds to companies associated with Bruno's business associates and friends.
The senate majority leader has denied any wrongdoing.