Upstate Congressman and infamous tickler Eric Massa may have resigned almost two full years ago when accused of allegedly groping his male staffers, but he continues to pay his wife a regular $1,700 monthly salary to manage his inactive campaign account, according to campaign finance reports.
The only financial activities in his account this quarter were expenditures, and they were minimal outside of her salary: payroll processing fees (for his wife), $500 in legal fees, and a few dollars to Verizon for a telephone. Gannett noted this continuing phenomenon six months ago as well.
When he resigned, Mr. Massa faced an investigation for the alleged groping incidents. He famously defended the accusations by saying it was only tickling and roughhousing. ”They’re saying I groped a male staffer. Yeah, I did,” he told Glenn Beck just after the groping complaints were reported. “Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me – my 50th birthday – it was kill the old guy.”
He later claimed it was all a conspiracy to oust him from Congress for voting against the health care reform legislation.
Campaign accounts for politicians who unexpectedly resign are often flush with cash. For example, former Congressman Weiner’s mayoral campaign account has close to $5 million dollars still left in it. Mr. Massa’s account is more modest, but still has another $80,000.