Report: House GOP spent more on lawyers than candidates

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut House Republicans spent more money on lawyers in an election year than to pick up more legislative seats.

Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reports that filings at the state Elections Enforcement Commission show the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin was paid $52,272 from the House GOP campaign committee and a fundraising account.

It spent less than $20,000 on campaign mail. The balance of $113,000 was for rent and utilities, wages, phone service and food.

The House GOP was the focus of a criminal investigation into alleged steering of direct mail contracts by its former chief of staff.

Former House GOP Leader Larry Cafero Jr. said the caucus had no choice after it was served with three subpoenas in February 2014 by the Justice Department.

House Republicans won 10 more seats on Election Day.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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