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Young Reports Payments on Legal Fees

Rep. Don Young (R) reported payments of more than $37,000 to multiple law firms as well as another $46,000 in legal debt in the second quarter of 2009, the first time in a year the Alaskan lawmaker has reported significant legal expenditures. Young’s campaign doled out more than $1.3 million in legal fees to various firms and attorneys in the 2007-08 cycle, with the majority of those payments made prior to July 2008. In the latter half of 2008, the campaign spent approximately $23,000 on legal fees and paid just a few hundred dollars in the first quarter of 2009.According to Young’s most recent Federal Election Commission report, the lawmaker made payments to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Seattle-based Siderius, Lonergan & Martin, and D.C.-based Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing.Young’s campaign made the bulk of those payments to Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing, which received more than $22,000 and is owed an additional $46,000 debt. The Seattle-based firm received $10,000, while Akin Gump received $5,000.No payments were listed to Seattle-based criminal defense attorney John Wolfe, who received approximately $90,000 from the campaign during the previous cycle.

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