Weiner Campaign Still Spending Cash

Spent $130K just after resignation—and he's not the only one
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2011 2:11 PM CDT
Anthony Weiner Campaign Still Spending Cash
Rep. Anthony Weiner enters to announce his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In the three months after he resigned, Anthony Weiner spent $130,000 in campaign funds, FEC data shows—more than what most current US representatives from New York City spent over the same period, the Hill reports. Some $10,000 went to travel, $25,000 to consulting and “policy research,” and $30,000 to legal fees. “Most of the expenditures, including the travel to Washington, are associated with the winding down of Anthony’s campaign,” said a rep.

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As long as the spending is indeed related to his time in office, it’s legal, though perhaps “unpalatable to the public,” says an expert. Weiner is by no means the only former member of Congress to keep spending after leaving office. Sen. John Ensign’s campaign has shelled out tens of thousands for legal fees following his resignation, while Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned 18 months ago, still pays his wife to act as campaign treasurer. Sounds like their campaign funds remain healthier than Newt Gingrich's—and he's still running. (Read more Anthony Weiner stories.)

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