Mass. House Speaker DeLeo Spent $300,000 On Recent Legal Fees

July 23, 2013 12:45 AM
Mass. House Speaker DeLeo Spent $300,000 On Recent Legal Fees
" BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo reported spending $300,000 on legal fees during the first half of the year as investigators ramped up their probe of the Massachusetts Probation Department.

In a filing on Monday with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, DeLeo reported spending the money on the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in two $150,000 payments.

A campaign spokesman said Robert Popeo has represented DeLeo for years and “the expenditures reflected in the OCPF report relate to that representation.”

Former probation commissioner John O’Brien was acquitted earlier this year of state corruption charges, but faces federal bribery charges.

The federal indictment alleges O’Brien bribed Senate President Therese Murray and DeLeo by giving jobs to supporters in exchange for increases to his department’s budget "

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