Ronald Burris, President Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, wants to set up a legal defense fund
to protect his seat. The fund would allow Burris to accept contributions from individuals of up to $10,000 each to cover his legal fees.
Burris expects to need up to $400,000 for ongoing ethics and perjury investigations surrounding his appointment to the Senate by impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
The Chicago Law Firm of Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan has filed an application with the Senate Ethics Committee to allow Burris to establish a legal defense fund. An ethics committee typically takes 3-4 weeks to consider an application for a legal defense fund.
In addition to the Washington investigation, the Sangamon County State's Attorney in Springfield, Illinois is looking into statements Burris made before the Illinois House panel that voted to recommend Blagojevich face an impeachment trial in the Senate.