Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota paid a $48,500 legal retainer to his criminal defense attorney’s Manhattan law firm in March, his most recent campaign finance filing shows.
The payment to Covington & Burlington LLP, where Spota’s attorney Alan Vinegrad is a partner, was the largest campaign expense for Spota since January, according to the July filing.
Newsday has reported that federal investigators are probing dozens of cases that Spota and his office have been involved in.
Among the issues federal prosecutors are examining, according to sources, is whether Spota and top corruption prosecutor Christopher McPartland took part in the cover-up of the assault on a man who stole a duffel bag from former Suffolk County Police Chief of Department James Burke’s SUV.
Spota’s campaign had $461,000 after raising $1,000 and spending $61,735. The only contribution came from the Heat and Frost Workers Local 12 in Long Island City, which gave $1,000. Spota also contributed $5,000 to the Suffolk County Democratic Committee and $1,000 to the nonprofit Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.
Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Spota, a Democrat, did not return a request for comment.
Vinegrad did not immediately return a call for comment.
In other Suffolk filings, County Executive Steve Bellone had $1.9 million in cash after his re-election to a second term in November
Bellone, a Democrat, raised $390,556 and spent $125,730. Top contributors were Adam Katz, founder of charter jet company Talon Air and developer Allan Rose, who each gave $25,000. A limited liability company called Jaz Flip that lists a Garden City address gave $15,000.
Suffolk County Democrats, meanwhile, repaid four loans from party leaders totaling $115,000. The party still owes $80,000 to Chairman Richard Schaffer. Schaffer said he expects to be paid back later this year.
The county Democrats raised $480,320, most from their annual fundraising dinner headlined by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The party committee spent $404,291.
Suffolk Republicans, who held a fundraiser in Patchogue with Republican nominee Donald Trump, raised $346,495, including a $2,500 contribution from Trump, campaign finance reports show.