DeLeo legal bills total $200,000

Mintz fees account for more than third of campaign spending

More than a third of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s $537,000 in campaign expenditures last year went to the law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo for legal services during the Probation corruption trial.

DeLeo, who was labeled an unindicted coconspirator during the course of the summer trial, paid $100,000 out of his campaign account to Mintz Levin on March 26 and another $100,000 on Nov. 12. Robert Popeo, the Mintz Levin chairman, represented DeLeo in the matter.

DeLeo was never formally charged or required to testify during the trial. Nevertheless, his role in steering jobs at a Probation office in Clinton to colleagues in the House became a central focus of the trial, which led to convictions of former Probation commissioner John O’Brien and two of his top aides.

The campaign legal bills were far and away the biggest expenses listed in DeLeo’s campaign finance reports. Most of his campaign spending went for charitable gifts, flowers, advertising, and events.