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.