Visclosky Has Spent Almost $122,000 in Legal Fees This Year

Posted July 16, 2010 at 1:44pm

Rep. Peter Visclosky spent nearly $122,000 on legal fees for himself and former aides in the first half of 2010, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The Indiana Democrat, who is a subject in a federal investigation into lawmakers’ ties to the defunct PMA Group lobbying firm, reported a payment of nearly $91,000 in April to the law firm Steptoe & Johnson, and another nearly $6,800 payment in May.

Visclosky earlier faced a related review by the Office of Congressional Ethics and the House ethics committee, which ended in February. He has paid Steptoe & Johnson more than $353,000 in the current cycle.

Visclosky also made a $1,350 payment to Indiana-based firm Wieser & Wyllie for “legal consultation” in April.

In addition, Visclosky reported payments in spring 2010 on behalf of his former chief of staff, Charles Brimmer, who resigned in 2009 after being served with a subpoena as part of the federal grand jury probe of the PMA Group.

He reported two payments to the firm Bryan Cave on Brimmer’s behalf totaling nearly $1,800. Visclosky has paid the firm nearly $48,000 in the 2010 cycle.

The Indiana lawmaker received permission from the FEC in 2009 to pay legal bills associated with his current and former staff. He has previously stated that his office received subpoenas from the Justice Department.