The story about former state Sen. Dean Skelos paying more than $700,000 from his campaign funds for his legal defense is a sad commentary regarding the state of political affairs in New York [“$762G for legal defense,” News, Jan. 16].

Contributors deserve better. A law should be enacted to bar the use of campaign funds for legal expenses of public officials convicted of a crime. Such funds should be put in a public defense fund, perhaps for individuals whose incomes do not qualify for legal aid but can afford only some attorney fees.

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This way, contributors would not feel that their money was misused and abused. Two wrongs don’t make a right!

Charles F. Howlett, West Islip