by Max Brantley
.... Huckabee listed the $25,000 cost as a campaign expense on federal election records.Huckabee, through a Washington law firm, has asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use contributions to a legal defense fund to pay his costs. A federal court settlement makes him personally liable. A draft opinion by the FEC staff has said this shouldn't be permitted because it would amount to Huckabee using campaign contributions for personal benefit.
Huckabee, who ran for the Republican ticket until he dropped out Feb. 1, paid half of it in May. He listed the other half as "debts and obligations."