WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., dipped into a campaign fund to pay a little more than $1 million in legal fees, with $746,985 owed to one law firm, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
The spending from the Schock for Congress fund comes as Schock, who resigned on March 31, is the target of a federal investigation with a grand jury sitting in Springfield hearing testimony this summer from witnesses.
The FEC report covering April, May and June shows that Schock still has $2,110,715 cash on hand.
The legal bills come from several law firms. A source said it was likely Schock was paying the legal bills for staffers who had to hire lawyersin the probe of how their boss spent government and campaign funds.
Schock paid $500,000 to McGuire Woods, where partner George Terwilliger is a lead lawyer representing Schock. The former Peoria lawmaker paid more than $300,000 to Berliner Corcoran and Rowe, which also represents him.
Schock’s $747,985 debt is to the law firm of Jones Day.
The FEC report shows that Schock refunded $59,825 in contributions, with much of that going to big-name Illinois Republicans who had been some of his most reliable donors through the years.Some donors felt betrayed and let down by Schock, who was a rising star in state and national politics until his fall.
Among the blue chip Illinois GOP donors whose donations were returned: Ron Gidwitz, $2,500; Craig Duchossois, $2,700; Sam Zell, $2,500; Barry MacLean, $2,700; Richard Porter, $2,300; and Muneer Satter, $2,500.
Schock is being investigated for overcharging taxpayers and his campaign for miles he did not drive on a car bought by the campaign. The FEC report shows Schock for Congress sold two cars to Green Chevrolet for $46,000 and $14,500.