Andrew Cuomo has used $285,000 of campaign funds to pay legal bills in his fight against the sexual harassment allegations brought by multiple women, a new report claims.
Documents filed Friday with the state Board of Elections, and seen by the New York Post, reveal the New York governor paid lawyer Rita Glavin $111,774 on May 3 for 'professional services' after hiring her to defend him in the scandal.
One month later on June 2, the governor paid out another $173,098 in campaign cash to her law firm - the very same day Cuomo told reporters political donations were not going toward his legal costs 'at this time'.
Cuomo hired Glavin to represent him as claims of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior started to mount against him earlier this year.
The release of the documents comes ahead of a weekend where the governor is expected to be questioned for the first time over the flurry of allegations.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
During the early days of the pandemic, Cuomo was lauded for his handling of the crisis in the virus epicenter of the world, with his daily press briefings even earning him an Emmy.
But the governor's reputation has unraveled in recent months as nine women have now come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations saying he 'never touched anyone inappropriately' and 'never made any inappropriate advances' but has apologized for making anyone feel 'uncomfortable.'
Meanwhile, he has also been rocked by the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal and pointed questions have arisen over the writing of his controversial memoir and the alleged special treatment afforded to his friends and family in the early days of the pandemic.
Andrew Cuomo (pictured on Wednesday) has used $285,000 of campaign funds to pay his legal bills in his fight against the sexual harassment allegations brought by multiple women, according to a report
Documents filed Friday with the state Board of Elections reveal the New York governor paid lawyer Rita Glavin $111,774 on May 3 for 'professional services' and another $173,098 on June 2
Cuomo's first accuser Lindsey Boylan, 36, retweeted a post from New York Times journalist Luis Ferré-Sadurní Friday, featuring a screengrab of the expenses and detailing the distinction between what the governor said at the time and what the filings show.
The two payments are listed as paid by 'Andrew Cuomo for New York, Inc.' and paid to 'Glavin PLLC.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Boylan wrote alongside the post: '*pretends to be shocked*.'
Glavin, a former US Justice Department official, first represented Cuomo when the first current aide in his office went on the record with allegations against him.
The aide, Alyssa McGrath, told The New York Times Cuomo had flirted with her, looked down her shirt and commented on her appearance by calling her 'beautiful' in Italian.
In the June 2 press conference, Cuomo denied hiring private counsel to represent him in the various investigations he is facing.
The governor said it was standard practice for investigations into a state official to be paid for by the state.
'The Executive Chamber has retained the counsel and that is a state expense,' he told reporters.
Cuomo hired Glavin (pictured) to represent him as claims of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior started to mount against him earlier this year
One of Cuomo's accusers Lindsay Boylan retweeted a post from New York Times journalist Luis Ferré-Sadurní, writing '*pretends to be shocked*'
'That has been in every investigation. So that's where we are now.'
When asked if he was using or planned to use campaign funds for personal legal expenses, he responded: 'Not at this time.'
Investigators are expected to question Cuomo this weekend about the sexual harassment allegations against him in a sign that the state's probe may be reaching its final stages.
The state hired two outside lawyers, Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark, to lead the investigation into Cuomo - which is being overseen by Attorney General Letitia James, The New York Times reported.
Kim and Clark are expected to interview Cuomo in Albany on Saturday four months after investigations into him began, sources told the outlet.
Investigators were always expected to speak with Cuomo, who said at the start of the probe in March that he would 'fully cooperate.' Cuomo is also facing an impeachment inquiry in the state assembly.
Kim and Clark have gathered testimony from several of the women who have accused him as part of the investigation.
Cuomo initially apologized and said he 'learned an important lesson' about his behavior around women, though he's since denied he did anything wrong and questioned the motivations of accusers.
He has also rebuffed calls to step aside over the allegations.
'We have said repeatedly that the governor doesn't want to comment on this review until he has cooperated, but the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the attorney general's review,' Cuomo senior advisor Richard Azzopardi said.
The investigation is being overseen by Attorney General Letitia James, pictured
Azzopardi's statement Thursday was the second time that Cuomo's top spokesperson has claimed that James, also a Democrat, and her probe were politically motivated.
In April, Azzopardi blasted James for confirming that her office was also investigating whether Cuomo broke the law by having members of his staff help write and promote his recent memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic'.
'Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest,' Azzopardi said at the time.
Some of Cuomo's top allies in the state legislature have called on the public to await the results of James' investigation and not to undermine her integrity.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, said he trusts the independent investigators selected by James, and said that 'their credibility and professionalism can't be questioned.'
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him – she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium
Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office last June
'There was a sense from people early on that because the governor was so instrumental in helping her become AG that she would then become responsive to his political needs,' Rivera, who chairs the state senate's health committee said,
'Now she's proven over and over again that she's responsible to the people of the state of New York.'
Sen. John Liu, Majority Assistant Whip in the state Senate, said that Azzopardi's statement is the 'typical Cuomo playbook.'
'Those kinds of comments, trying to run interference, trying to deflect, trying to implicate at least politically — my read of it is that folks in the governor's circle including the governor are at least nervous and at most running terrified,' said Liu, a Democrat who's called on Cuomo to resign.
'Obviously, Cuomo's trying to undermine the AG,' Liu said. 'I think because he is in a precarious situation, he'd be trying to undermine anybody who is investigating him.'
This year's legislative session has concluded, but lawmakers could return later in the summer or fall if the probe winds up.
'I don't have a sense of a clear timeframe,' Liu said. 'I think Tish James is being as thorough as she can, knowing that no matter what she will be accused of politics. But I I think she's conducting a thorough investigation and looking at all the facts, and I look forward to her conclusions and recommendations.'
The state assembly's judiciary committee has launched its own probe into whether there are grounds to impeach the governor on issues from sexual misconduct to his $5 million book deal.
It's also unclear when the Assembly probe will wrap up, but it's likely that it won't be before James' investigation concludes.
Alyssa McGrath said Cuomo ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring as well calling her beautiful in Italian
She also claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him
Anna Ruch has accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior
Karen Hinton (left), a press aide, and Jessica Bakeman accused Cuomo of inappropriate actions
At least one accuser has said she only wants to speak with investigators in the attorney general's probe rather than sit through two separate interviews.
'The AG's report is going to be critical,' Liu said. 'The attorney general's report and recommendations will carry a great deal of weight.'
Boylan was the first woman to accuse the governor in social media posts back in December.
She worked for Cuomo's team from March 2015 to October 2018.
Boylan claims the governor kissed her on the lips and suggested they play a game of strip poker.
The governor has denied these allegations.
After she came forward with the accusations, the governor's office released her personnel records which included disciplinary recommendations against her and allegations of bullying.
Boylan has said her personnel material was leaked in an effort to smear her.
Since she came forward, at least eight other women have accused the governor of sexual