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Gov. David Paterson Spent $700,000 in Legal Fees During Last Fiscal Quarter

David Paterson announced he would not run for Governor.
David Paterson announced he would not run for Governor.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Gov. David Paterson spent $700,000 dollars in legal fees during the last fiscal quarter, according to his most recent campaign financial disclosure.

The money went to the New York City firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison while Paterson was embroiled in numerous legal issues, which ultimately ended his bid for a new term.

In March an investigation was launched into allegations he pressured a women to drop domestic assault charges against his close aide David Johnson.

He was also accused of illegally obtaining Yankees tickets during last year’s World Series at the Bronx stadium.

Paterson also paid $150,000 in crisis communications fees to the firm Sard Verbinnen and Co., the New York Post reported.