Lawyer refunds campaign for legal bill

Rep. Don Young refunded for campaign manager's attorney fees

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Young has received a refund from an attorney representing Young's former campaign manager.

A new campaign finance report shows that the veteran Alaska Republican raised $72,180 in the first three months of the year, but also got $30,573 back from Seattle attorney John Wolfe. Wolfe has been representing Young's former campaign manager, Steven Dougherty, as part of a federal investigation into fundraising practices in Alaska politics.

The report filed with the Federal Election Commission also showed that Young did not use campaign funds to pay any legal bills in the past three months. Young's chief of staff, Pamela Day, declined to comment on whether Young had decided to forgo use of campaign funds for future legal bills. Young established a separate legal defense fund early last year, but still spent more than $1.3 million in campaign receipts on legal bills.

In all, Young spent $3.1 million, including money he had amassed in previous years, as he fought off opponents in an August primary and the November general election.

Day said the refund came from a retainer the campaign had paid Wolfe, a prominent Seattle defense attorney who has represented Dougherty as well as Ben Stevens, a former Alaska state senator and the son of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Day said she didn't know why the refund was paid or whether Wolfe was still representing Dougherty, who stopped working for Young after the election.

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