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In November, Rep. Tim Bishop sent another check – this one for $13,789 – to lawyers at the firm Perkins Coie to pay for his fight against ethics charges, his recent campaign finance filing shows.
That brings his legal fees to nearly $94,000, all paid for by his campaign donors. Bishop (D-Southampton) insists he did nothing illegal or wrong. He’s been fighting an Office of Congressional Ethics report that found “substantial reason” to believe he violated the law when he asked a constituent he was helping with a fireworks permit for a campaign donation.
The House Ethics Committee has yet to issue a final ruling, leaving a cloud over what’s expected to be another tough re-election battle for Bishop.