Paterson Spent $700k on Lawyers - NBC New York

Paterson Spent $700k on Lawyers

He's not running for re-election, but he's sure spending a heck of a lot of cash



    Paterson Spent $700k on Lawyers
    New York Gov. David Paterson listens to a speaker during a legislative leaders budget meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Paterson has given lawmakers a June 28 deadline to complete the state budget, which was due on April 1. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Gov. David Paterson isn't running for re-election, but his campaign committee is still spending big -- on lawyers.

    The committee says in a campaign filing that it paid $700,000 over the past four months to a law firm representing the governor in three public integrity investigations.

    An independent counsel appointed by the state's attorney general is investigating whether the Paterson administration or the State Police pressured a woman into withdrawing a domestic violence complaint against one of the governor's aides.

    Paterson reportedly testified before the Attorney General's investigators late last month on the matter. Sources have said investigators have found little direct evidence the governor committed a crime.

    Paterson is also being probed for accepting free Yankees tickets and for his handling of a casino contract at the Aqueduct racetrack.

    The governor says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. His campaign manager, Richard Fife, stopped short of confirming Paterson testified in connection with the domestic-violence case, but told the Daily Newshe "looks forward to the investigation being concluded and his name being cleared."