* Missing from the high-priced legal names in City Comptroller John Liu’s most recent off-cycle campaign filing? Martin Adelman, the attorney representing Liu’s indicted former campaign treasurer Jia Hou, whose retainer fees were previously being paid by the Liu campaign. Campaign finance experts wondered whether Liu had violated campaign finance laws by paying Adelman. The laws are notably silent on the issue of using campaign funds to pay for criminal defense. Critics also wondered whether Adelman’s fees represented a conflict of interest that would prevent Hou from being able to testify against her former employer. Liu spokesman George Arzt confirmed that Adelman was no longer being paid by the campaign.
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