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FEC OKs senator's legal fees

August 22, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) can use campaign funds to pay for some of his legal fees stemming from an escort service scandal, the Federal Election Commission has decided.

The FEC deadlocked on Vitter's request to pay all of his legal fees using campaign funds.

The expenses stemmed from his link to a capital escort service operated by Deborah Palfrey, who was convicted of running a prostitution ring that catered to the powerful. She later committed suicide.

Vitter has apologized for what he called a "very serious sin."

He argues that Palfrey would never have targeted him if he had not been a senator, therefore his expenses are a result of his official position.

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