Massa Cut $40,000 Check to Top Aide

Posted April 16, 2010 at 4:53pm

Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Ex-Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) issued a $40,000 check to his chief of staff the day after announcing he would not seek re-election, according to his most recent campaign finance report.

The former lawmaker announced March 3 that he would not seek re-election this fall, citing a recurrence of cancer. But two days after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed his staff, he resigned the seat. He issued the payment on March 4 to then-Chief of Staff Joe Racalto.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Racalto’s attorney, Camilla McKinney, said the House aide had initially agreed to defer payment for his campaign work, but that changed after Massa’s decision to retire.

The payment is described in Massa’s first-quarter 2010 campaign finance report as a “campaign management fee.”

McKinney confirmed Friday evening that Racalto has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Massa. McKinney said the complaint was filed with the Congressional Office of Compliance on March 23 and that Racalto has provided additional information to the office since then.