Judge allows use of campaign funds for trial

July 21, 2010 9:48:02 AM PDT
A federal judge has allowed the release of almost $20,000 from former governor Rod Blagojevich's frozen campaign fund. The $19,695 owed will be used mainly for rent and legal fees. The Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund is being converted into a source of legal defense money for the former governor.

It will pay the lawyers working on Blagojevich's upcoming trial on federal corruption charges.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel held a hearing Thursday for what amounted to a housekeeping measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.