The Anchorage Daily News reports today on a milestone for Alaska's only member of the House: a $1 million legal tab.
With the cutting of $93,725 and $119,004 checks to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Rep. Don Young has passed the mark, though no one fully understands why.
While Young has acknowledged that he's being investigated and has links to several matters under review, a member of his campaign staff said only that the bulk of the legal work relates to determining whether documents in his congressional office are privileged.
From the Daily News:
“Young, a Republican who has held office since 1973, still won't say why he spends so much on lawyers or exactly what they are doing for him. Young, who held a combative news conference in February, said he wished he could speak his mind. He can't, he said in a statement released Tuesday, because ‘both the Department of Justice and my lawyers have asked that I not comment further on the investigation. I MUST honor this request,’ using capital letters for emphasis.”
Not included in that million-dollar total is any legal spending from a separate legal defense fund Young has established, notes the Daily News. The heavy spending, some suggest, may add to Young's political troubles: With a contested Republican primary in front of him, Young's campaign account has a negative cash flow and is down to $604,000.