Congressman Indicted For Bribery Spent Roughly Half Of Campaign Cash On Legal Fees


A congressman indicted for a bribery scheme involving the Azerbaijani government has spent over half of his campaign cash this cycle on legal services, records show.

Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar spent more than $750,000 on payments to various law firms during the 2024 election cycle as authorities investigated him for accepting foreign bribes, constituting roughly half of the $1.6 million total the congressman spent during that period, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show. The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Cuellar in early May, alleging that the congressman had accepted $600,000 in bribes from an Azerbaijanian Government-controlled oil and gas company and a Mexican bank in exchange for shifting American foreign policy in favor of Azerbaijan.

“I want to be clear that both my wife and I are innocent of these allegations. Everything I have done in Congress has been to serve the people of South Texas,” Cuellar said in a statement, denying his guilt. “The actions I took in Congress were consistent with the actions of many of my colleagues and in the interest of the American people,” he continued

Cuellar served as the co-chair of the House Azerbaijan Caucus in Congress at one point and has been an advocate for the oil-rich Caucasian nation during his time in office.

Cuellar’s legal payments were first reported by Open Secrets.