Mangano used $900,000 from campaign fund to pay his defense attorney

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Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, facing an October retrial on federal corruption charges, paid $900,000 from campaign funds to his criminal defense attorney during the first half of the year, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state board of elections.

The 12-week trial of Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto ended in May with a mistrial for the Manganos and an acquittal for Venditto. The Manganos’ retrial is scheduled to start Oct. 9 at federal court in Central Islip.

Mangano, a Republican who served two terms as Nassau County Executive from 2010 through the end of last year, did not run for a third term. Elected officials can use campaign accounts to pay for their criminal defense bills under state election law. The "Friends of Ed Mangano" account now has a balance of $95,668.48.

The account made three payments to Garden City lawyer Kevin Keating, according to the July report: $300,000, dated Jan. 17; $400,000 on May 7; and $200,000 on May 23. "Friends of Ed Mangano" has paid Keating $1.23 million since May 2015, according to the filings.

 

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