Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, indicted in September
for extreme patronage, has been paying his legal bills with campaign money
, reports the New York Daily News
. But don't get too excited -- it's perfectly legal, or so his campaign treasurer tells the News
and the sputtering response of a NYPIRG spokesman ("This should be illegal") implicitly confirms. The News
helpfully lists some previous local pols who've turned the same trick: Guy Velella, Brian McLaughlin, and Alan Hevesi. Well, at least he's only ripping off the people who actually paid to put him in office.