Gov. Perry's office said today he will pay the legal bills for his misuse of office indictments, certain to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, out of his campaign account, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
Perry used taxpayer money to pay an $80,000 retainer to his personal lawyer, David Botsford. But Perry was receiving criticism from Democrats and from consumer advocates for paying for his lawyers with taxpayer money.
Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for the governor, said today the money to pay a 'dream team' of five attorneys will come from the governor's campaign account, which currently contains about $4 million.
Perry is not running for re-election this year, and he has the discretion of how to spend the funds.
Perry's office didn't say whether the account will reimburse taxpayers for Botsford's retainer.
Perry has hired several high profile attorneys, including one of whom the chief attorney for George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount effort, to represent him as he fights charges that he used the power of his office to attempt to coerce the Travis County District Attorney to resign following her arrest for drunk driving.