Rutherford Spent $27,000 to Probe Lawsuit Charges

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford spent nearly $27,000 in taxpayer money on an investigation into allegations of political coercion and sexual harassment against him.

The Republican candidate for governor revealed the cost of the report under the Freedom of Information Act. But his lawyers have refused to disclose results of the investigation into the former employee's charges.

Edmund Michalowski claimed in a federal lawsuit Feb. 10 that Rutherford sexually harassed him and pushed him to do campaign work on state time.

Rutherford spent more than $18,000 on the investigation by Ron Braver & Associates. Another $8,800 was paid to the law firm of the Brown, Hay & Stephens.

Rutherford had promised to release the report but now says it's part of litigation.

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