Federal criminal corruption charges lodged against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have highlighted a gray area in the state's laws concerning whether the state's top executive can use campaign contributions for his legal defense fees. Illinois State Board of Elections officials say there's no state law that bars spending the funds on legal fees because it's not in a list of prohibited personal uses. Still, the board has never taken a stance on the issue.
Can Blagojevich Use Campaign Contributions for His Legal Defense?
The National Law Journal
January 30, 2009