Sanford Bishop campaign drops another $30K on legal fees
Congressman Sanford Bishop’s campaign spent another $30,000 on legal fees last month, presumably related to a GBI investigation of his stepdaughter’s job with a federally funded program, federal election records show.
Bishop (left) paid $30,000 to Greenberg Traurig LLP on June 5, according to his latest campaign finance report, filed last week. The Miami-based law firm, which has offices in both Atlanta and Washington, collected another $25,000 from Bishop’s campaign fund in March, records show.
At the time, the congressman’s spokesman said the March expenditure was related to an unidentified matter “that is under investigation in the state of Georgia,” the AJC’s Jim Galloway reported.
Bishop’s stepdaughter Aayesha Reese, while living in DeKalb County 100 miles away, was paid $14,850 in 2007 and 2008 for working in the Junior Marshal program of Muscogee Municipal Court, run by elected Marshal Greg Countryman. Her mother, Vivian Creighton Bishop, is the court’s elected clerk.
Aayesha’s then-husband, Stephen Reese, also worked for the program. His paychecks, totaling $7,275, were deposited directly into Vivian Bishop’s bank account, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.
In 2008, Rep. Bishop helped secure $118,000 in federal funding for the Junior Marshal program.
The GBI was called in to investigate earlier this year after Columbus city officials noted payments to the payments to the Reeses.
The GBI announced in late May that it found no evidence that a crime had been committed.
Greenberg Traurig received its $30,000 payment a week later.