Black Legal Fund Accepting PAC Money

A union’s political action committee is helping to pay the legal bills of embattled House Speaker Jim Black.

The head of Black’s legal defense fund has accepted money for the fund from an arm of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the state’s largest unions.

The legal fund received a $5,000 check dated August 25th from “Drive PAC.” That’s according to election reports and legal fund organizer Addison Bell.

The money is helping to pay Black’s legal bills over the past year. Federal investigators have been looking into fundraising by his campaign and people close to him related to the passage of last year’s lottery.

At least two newspapers reported earlier this year that Bell had said the defense fund would not accept contributions from lobbyists or political action committees. Bell says he was quoted incorrectly.