New York Rep. Charles Rangel paid more than $100,000 in campaign funds to a law firm to represent him as he continues to face ethical questions over his tax records, a newspaper says.
Federal election rules prohibit elected officials from using campaign funds for personal legal expenses.
Rangel spokesman George Dalley said the congressman had a "prior ruling" from the Federal Election Commission that "this is a legitimate campaign expense."
But the chairman of an ethics-watchdog group was skeptical. National Legal and Policy Center chairman Ken Boehm said the questions Rangel faces over his taxes appear to be personal in nature.