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Wisconsin Congressman Petri pays thousands in legal fees for stock investigation

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Fond du Lac Congressman Tom Petri has paid almost $140,000 in legal fees, in an investigation into his stock portfolio.

The 6th District Republican asked for the probe, after media reports showed a link between companies trying to do business with Congress -- and the amount of stock he owns in those firms.

Petri asked the House Ethics Committee to check into the matter. The legal fees showed up in his latest campaign finance report which he filed this week.

The Washington law firm of Covington and Burling is representing him in the probe, and he paid the firm $137,000 in May and June.

Petri is retiring this fall after 36 years in the House. House rules say members are generally allowed to use campaign money to defend themselves in cases which involve their official business.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)