The House Ethics Committee has signed off on embattled Congressman Michael Grimm's request to set up a fund that will raise money to pay his massive legal bills.
According to paperwork filed with the House, money raised by the legal defense fund will pay for "matters bearing on his reputation or fitness for office."
The fund is being run by a prominent Republican campaign treasurer.
As of the last campaign finance filing, Grimm had racked up nearly $500,000 in legal bills.
He was indicted in April on 20 counts of federal criminal charges.
Grimm has pleaded not guilty.