After dropping a lawsuit against the Santa Clara County Board of Education, Trustee Joseph Di Salvo had one last thing to wrap up: legal fees, which he paid off with campaign funds.

According to Di Salvo’s latest campaign statement covering Oct. 18 to Dec. 31, 2020, he owes $4,885 to law firm Berliner & Cohen, which represented him when he sued the district in August after being censured in a split vote in July. He eventually dropped the suit in September.

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Di Salvo said that legal fees from the suit totaled about $17,000, with an estimated $12,000 coming out of his own pocket.

“I questioned whether I could use any leftover campaign dollars,” Di Salvo said, adding that he consulted with Deane & Company,

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