Longtime political powerbroker Vincent Fumo earned nearly $100,000 a year as a Pennsylvania state senator, up to $1 million a year as a rainmaking lawyer and millions more from the sale of a family bank. Yet the freewheeling Philadelphia Democrat used little of his own money as he took yachting vacations with friends, spent lavishly on a 33-room city brownstone and hired operatives to spy on ex-wives and political foes, prosecutors say. Fumo argues he did nothing illegal.
Once-Powerful Pa. Senator Faces Long Fraud Trial
The Associated Press
September 8, 2008