Weiner Used Campaign Cash in Attempted Cover-Up
Hired private investigators, told them his Twitter had been hacked
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 11:40 AM CST
In this June 6, 2011 file photo, US Congressman Anthony Weiner, D-NY, wipes his eye during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Before he came clean in his crotch-shot sexting scandal, Anthony Weiner used campaign money to hire private investigators ... and send them on a wild goose chase. Financial statements filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission show that Weiner spent $13,290 on "legal services" from T&M Protective Services, a firm that employs a number of former NYPD investigators. But sources tell the New York Daily News Weiner actually attempted to use the PIs as part of his spin campaign.

He reportedly told them his Twitter account had been hacked—allowing some scoundrel to send the now-infamous crotch-shot tweet to a Seattle woman—and hired them to investigate. However, they quickly learned that Weiner himself, as he later admitted, had sent the photo.