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Rick Perry’s Legal Bill For Indictment Defense Will Be Picked Up By His Campaign

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Ryan E. Poppe
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TPR News

The cost of Texas Gov. Rick Perry legal dream team, who is fighting his two-count indictment, isn’t one that is expected to come cheap, but the governor’s campaign has announced it will be picking up the tab.

In the last two month just prior to Perry’s indictment, the governor's office said his legal tab for one attorney was running just over $80,000. Perry has since added three more attorneys to work on his defense.

Lucy Nashed, a spokesperson with the governor's office, said the Texas taxpayers have nothing to fear regarding the cost of the case.

“Further legal bills will be paid for by the campaign funds," Nashed said. "This an obvious assault on the constitution and we don’t want to be an assault on the taxpayers as well.”

But that going forward does not include the $80,000 paid to his first attorney, David Botsford; that amount does come out of state funds. 

Perry’s office said they will use the remaining $4 million left in his state campaign fund to pay his attorney’s fees from here on out. 

Last Friday Perry was indicted by a special grand jury for abusing the power of his office and on Tuesday was booked in Travis County. Perry contends his words before vetoing the budget were well within his state and federal constitutional rights.