You may recall, approximately a month ago it was revealed that Vice President Mike Pence had officially set up a political action committee (PAC), called “Great America Committee”. Initially many political pundits speculated that such action may have indicated that Pence believed he would soon be the new President and would need the funding to run for re-election come 2020. Many on the left argued that such speculation was silly since any Trump resignation or impeachment may also include Pence. Over the last month a lot has happened and it now becomes much more clear as to what the real reason for Pence’s launching of his PAC was.
Yesterday it was reported by Rachel Maddow that Vice President Pence had officially begun raising money for this new PAC. As she points out, likely uncoincidentally, Pence also just hired his own high-powered personal criminal defense attorney, Richard Cullen. Cullen is a former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and certainly doesn’t come cheap. Whether innocent or guilty, being the Vice President, Pence must understand the scope of the multiple investigations under way, which are likely looking into not only the President but those within his administration as well as his campaign team. Pence, who has a net worth of approximately $2 million, could easily rack up millions in attorney fees should the Mueller investigation point in his direction at all. A criminal defense is not cheap, and when you are battling the “A-Team” of some of the best prosecutors and investigators on the planet, it won’t be easy either. While $2 million is nothing to sneeze about, all of that money could easily be eaten up within a matter of months should Pence’s dealings over the last year be put under the microscope.
When MSNBC reached out to Mike Pence in regards to how he will be paying for his attorney, his Press Secretary, Marc Lotter responded as follows, “His legal fees will be paid by non-tax dollars.”
So if Pence is worth just $2 million and won’t be digging into the public coffers, how else can he afford a high-powered attorney unless he was to set up a PAC and immediately begin accepting funds to it? Legally, he is able to use such funds for his criminal defense, but morally is this the right way to go about things?