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Letter: Improper use of campaign funds

Dean and Adam Skelos outside Manhattan federal court

Dean and Adam Skelos outside Manhattan federal court after they were found guilty on all counts Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Credit: Craig Ruttle

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.

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