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"$216,000 raised by Rep. Spencer Bachus for his legal defense"

The Birmingham News (al.com) reports: The biggest names in Birmingham business donated more than $216,000 to help Rep. Spencer Bachus pay his lawyers for work during a five-month ethics investigation, new documents show.

Seventy individuals, companies, associations and political action committees -- most of them from Alabama -- gave up to $5,000 each to Bachus' legal defense fund between April and July, according to the disclosure forms Bachus filed with the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bachus in late April was cleared by the Office of Congressional Ethics of allegations that he used his official position to inform his personal investment decisions. The investigation, which began late last year, forced Bachus to hire attorneys and compile financial documents for the office to review.

Most of the money raised by the legal defense fund -- $207,000 of it -- went to two law firms in June and July; Bachus already had reported to the Federal Election Commission that he paid $422,000 in legal fees between December and April from his campaign account. -- Read the whole story --> $216,000 raised by Rep. Spencer Bachus for his legal defense | al.com

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