The Texas Tribune has reported that Gov. Rick Perry has billed taxpayers approximately $133,000 to pay the attorneys who are defending him against public corruption charges.
After he was criticized for this practice, his office announced that in the future, he would use campaign funds to compensate his legal team, according to the media outlet.
It went on to detail the fact that Perry has used state money to pay $98,000 to Botsford & Roark, the firm of his lead criminal defense attorney David Botsford, who reportedly charges $450 an hour. Perry’s office has also spent $15,000 to hire the Houston-based law firm Baker Botts and $19,890 to hire attorney Jack Bacon.
Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed told the Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org) that “the firms worked with the Governor’s Office attorneys to protect the governor’s interest during the grand jury process, including legal research, witness interviews, and dealing with the court and the prosecutor on a broad range of issues.”Perry’s office has defended the expenditures as “appropriate because he believes the charges against him — which he says were politically motivated — stem from his duties as governor.”