Rutherford allegations cost tax payers $27,000 so far

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The allegations that treasurer Dan Rutherford sexually harassed and politically pressured a former employee will cost taxpayers at least $27,000– and that figure is expected to grow.

The largest cost so far is an $18,122.50 for the investigation and and a report on the allegations. And a lawyer for the treasurer’s office has cost  the state $8,820.

So far, Rutherford has refused to release the findings of a report on the allegations.

Rutherford has denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations are politically motivated as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor.

The primary election is March 18.

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