Spitzer 2010 Was Billed for Tryst Hotel

Did former NY gov use reelection funds for call girl nights?
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2008 6:58 AM CDT
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, FILE)
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(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer's filings for his now-defunct 2010 reelection campaign, released yesterday, included two payments to the Mayflower Hotel in Washington—the site of his infamous trysts with call girls, the New York Times reports. Though it's unclear whether Spitzer himself stayed there, and if so on what nights, misuse of public campaign money is one of the potential charges the former New York governor could face for his participation in a prostitution ring.

The payments to the Mayflower were recorded on Jan. 11, 2008. "Client 9" had at least two rendezvous with prostitutes at the hotel early in the year, according to an insider. A spokesman for the Spitzer campaign insisted that "every single hotel and airline expense in this filing, as in all filings for Spitzer 2010, was for a legitimate campaign purpose."