Young raises more for campaign in first quarter

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young raised more funds for his re-election campaign during the first quarter of this year than he did in the last quarter of 2007.

The Alaska Republican, however, continued to pay substantial legal fees to defend himself against a federal probe into corruption allegations.

According to a Young spokesman, the congressman's re-election campaign raised more than $164,000 in contributions between January and March. In the last quarter of 2007, just under $44,000 was raised.

Young's report to be filed soon with the Federal Elections Commission will show that he spent about $213,000 in legal fees in the first quarter of this year, the spokesman said.

Almost $94,000 was billed in January for legal work performed in December. Fees charged between January and March added up to about $119,000.

Additional legal fees will show up on the next quarterly report. A bill for about $23,000 in legal work done in March was sent to the campaign in April.

Those charges, combined with previous fees, total more than $1.1 million for legal counsel since the beginning of the 2007-2008 campaign cycle.

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