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Fair Political Practices Commission officials have opened an investigation into the formation of a legal defense fund created by Sen. Rod Wright last month.

FPPC officials had said earlier this week that they were looking into whether Wright, whose residency claims are the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, "accurately and appropriately filed" the paperwork to establish the account.

Legal Defense Funds, which are not subject to contribution limits, can be used to pay for attorneys' fees and other costs that arise from legal challenges. According to current regulations, lawmakers must specify the legal challenge they are facing when they open the account. The Statement of Organization establishing Wright's account does not list why the account is needed, but says that surplus funds will be used for "any lawful purpose."

Wright told The Bee Tuesday that he was unaware of any issues with the filing and would update the paperwork if necessary.

Click here to read our earlier post on Wright's fund catching the eye of the FPPC.


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