Ex-NY attorney general used campaign money for legal bills: report
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Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) reportedly used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money to pay his personal legal bills.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in campaign donations to pay lawyers who represented him after he was accused of physically abusing multiple women.

Schneiderman resigned from the attorney general position in May 2018 after four women accused him of slapping or choking them in an article in The New Yorker.

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The week after his resignation, his reelection committee reportedly began paying Clayman & Rosenberg LLP, with payments going to the firm until December.

While the practice is legal, politicians in the past have caught flak for using campaign money to settle major legal expenses, especially when leaving office amid a cloud of scrutiny.

“That money was given in good faith by donors who expected Mr. Schneiderman to help women,” Michelle Manning Barish, who has accused Schneiderman of abusing her when they dated several years ago, told the AP.

“What a luxury to be able to assault women who donated to your campaign and then use their money to defend yourself."

A spokeswoman for Schneiderman pointed to a previous statement saying that the campaign is “honoring its commitments and paying bills in accordance with applicable law and precedent.”

“Once the committee has honored all its commitments, the remaining funds will be donated to worthy and appropriate causes, consistent with the law,” the statement stated.

The prosecutor handling the case against Schneiderman announced in November that he would not face criminal charges over the abuse allegations.