Rep. Young spends more on legal fees than anyone

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has spent more than $262,137 on legal fees, the most of any member or former member of Congress.

Young, an advocate for Alaska Natives, spent the money on two top Washington law firms. Although he hasn't been linked to a particular scandal, one of his former aides pleaded guilty as part of the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Other lawmakers who have spent campaign funds on legal fees include Rep. John Doolittle (R-California), who once defended Abramoff's work for tribes. He spent $30,000 on a law firm and owes money to his wife, who is also under scrutiny for her ties to Abramoff.

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Young shells out for lawyers (The Anchorage Daily News 7/17)
Ethics Probes Keep Lawyers Flush (The Washington Post 7/17)
Rep. Doolittle campaign in debt as legal woes mount (AP 7/16)

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