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Alaska Rep. Don Young (R) paid $20,000 in legal fees to the Seattle firm Siderius, Lonergan & Martin last month, according to his Dec. 4 filing with the Federal Election Commission.

[IMGCAP(1)]Young, who faces legal scrutiny for his relationship to an oil services company and a transportation project in Florida, has paid more than $1 million in legal fees during the 2007-08 cycle.

In addition, his legal defense fund paid $18,000 in October to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Other House lawmakers who are the subjects of federal scrutiny also reported legal fees in their post-general election FEC filings, including Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) who listed a $5,600 payment in October to Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. He paid $48,000 to the same firm earlier this year.

Defeated Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) paid Patton Boggs $11,000 in mid- November. He also paid $5,000 to the firm Zuckerman Spaeder.

Retiring Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), who faces trial in March on corruption charges, listed more than $106,000 in debt for legal services to Patton Boggs according to an October filing, his most recent.

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