- More than $26,000 in attorney's fees;
- $6,000 to pay Elizabeth Shrout as campaign finance manager for a non-existent campaign;
- Nearly $3,000 in cell phone expenses paid to Verizon; and
- $390 paid to Hirons & Company for media research.
Curiously, the expenditure for attorney's fees lists the payee as "Attorney" in hand-written form; the balance of the expenditures are in type-written form and list the specific payees. Use of campaign funds to pay criminal defense expenses does not appear to be an allowable use of campaign funds under Indiana law. Brizzi's 2012 campaign finance report listed nearly $17,000 in legal fees paid to the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
During Brizzi's defense of Charlie White, Shrout's services were utilized by Brizzi's law office as a paralegal. Is he paying her $6,000 a year to complete an annual campaign finance report for an inactive campaign committee? It's hard to imagine how a non-existent campaign would have nearly $3,000 in cell phone expenses. Who knows what the media research expense with Hirons is about. According to IRS rules, campaign expenditures used for personal use is treated as taxable income.