Perry campaign funds to cover future legal costs

Texas governor indicted on two felony counts

AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars.

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Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward.

But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign coffers. She says she didn't know if there were plans to reimburse the state for Perry's past legal expenses.

The governor isn't seeking re-election, but may run again for president in 2016. As of June 30, he had $4 million-plus in campaign funds.

Perry was indicted last week by a grand jury in Austin on coercion and official oppression. He calls the case as a political ploy.

On Thursday, Perry shrugged off the charges during an immigration forum at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington and quickly turned to attacking President Barack Obama. During his appearance, he accused Obama of "willful neglect" of his presidential responsibilities on immigration and national security.

Perry is headed to politically important New Hampshire in the days ahead.


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