They go into alcohol rehab at 5-star luxury resorts disguised as treatment facilities, they wait awhile until the media radar for scandal and sensationalism passes, then they return to their leisure life of cruising for underage male teens. In the meantime, they also sack the coffers of their leftover campaign cash to pay expensive law firms to try to avert the justice system for condemning them.
Florida authorities are considering whether to charge Mark Foley as an Internet sex predator as a result of lurid online messages he sent a male teenager from a hotel room in Pensacola, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Foley, then 52, was campaigning for a Senate seat in 2003 when he sent the high school student and former congressional page a string of online messages describing sexual acts, a clear violation of Florida’s law on Internet sex predators.
“This type of activity would fall under Florida law’s criminal statute,” said Maureen Horkan, the director of the Child Predator Cybercrime Unit in the Florida Attorney General’s office. The law states that “any person who knowingly utilizes a computer online service or Internet service to seduce, solicit, lure, entice or attempt to seduce a child” would be committing a third degree felony and could receive a jail sentence of up to five years.
ABC’s The Blotter says Foley has begun to “re-emerge publicly” in Palm Beach: “He was seen last week bicycling along South Ocean Boulevard wearing a helmet and bike racing outfit.”
Some of the senior House Republicans who were witnesses during the various inquiries into former Florida representative Mark Foley’s inappropriate contact with young House pages also reported hefty legal bills.
Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who still represents an Illinois district though he is no longer in leadership, reported paying his lawyers nearly $70,000, and carrying over $20,000 in unpaid bills. Foley, who resigned from Congress last year, reported more than $200,000 in legal fees.
Former congressman Mark Foley is using leftover campaign cash to pay for the huge legal bills he’s racking up defending himself in the congressional page scandal that led to his resignation.
Foley spent $206,000 in campaign cash on attorneys from November to January, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. That left about $1.7 million in the Florida Republican’s campaign account March 31, even after he returned more than $110,000 from donors.