Weiner's campaign still spending money after sexting scandal
Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner may have left Congress in a sexting scandal in June — but his campaign is still paying for his expenses.
Weiner, a Democrat who had represented parts of Brooklyn and Queens since 1999, spent more than $130,000 from his campaign during the third quarter, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.
That’s more than what all but three of the 11 sitting members of New York's House delegation doled out during that time, The Hill newspaper reported Sunday.
Spending campaign cash — in this case more than $10,000 in travel costs and $30,000 in legal fees, among other expenses — even after officially resigning is perfectly legit, experts said, just as long as the money isn’t used for personal expenses. Weiner tendered his resignation on June 21.
“There’s always going to be expenses with winding down your time in office. It’s not very unusual,” said Leo Glickman, a Brooklyn campaign finance attorney.
Risa Heller, a Weiner spokeswoman who could not be reached for comment Monday, told The Hill that most of the campaign’s expenses were tied to him leaving, including his traveling to Washington.
“I remain on the payroll to field the regular calls … that continue to come in related to his service in Congress,” Heller said. She was paid a total of $7,500 from August through September, the report shows.
Even as the scandal broke, Weiner still took in contributions, including $5,000 from “Austin Powers” star Mike Myers.
But since admitting in June to lying about sending X-rated pics of himself to women online, the ex-pol has kept a low profile. He left Forest Hills and moved to Greenwich Village with his pregnant wife, Huma, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
There was nearly $92,000 left in the campaign coffers at the end of September. The money could go to support other campaigns or be used by Weiner, once a mayoral hopeful, anytime in the future.
“If he ever decided to make a comeback, he’d start again with an impressive war chest,” Glickman said.