Scott Perry’s legal fees top $150,000 for Jan. 6th involvement defense

US Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) speaking at the launch of the Pennsylvania House Freedom Caucus on Nov. 28, 2023 in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)

By Sean Kitchen

January 31, 2024

Campaign finance reports show that Congressman Scott Perry has spent $150,000 in contributions on legal fees relating to his involvement in Jan. 6th. 

Congressman Scott Perry spent an additional $75,000 in campaign contributions on legal fees relating to his involvement in trying to overturn the 2020 election, according to new campaign finance reports.

Perry made three separate payments of $25,000 in the fourth quarter of 2023 to JP Rowley Law LLC. This brings the total amount of campaign contributions Perry has spent on legal representation to $150,000.

Perry had his cell phone seized by the federal government in August 2022 and hired John Rowley to help keep the contents of his phone away from the federal government.

Last November, a federal court briefly unsealed a court filing showing some of Perry’s communications between former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Pennsylvania Republican legislators. He was then ordered to turn over 1,600 emails and text messages to federal prosecutors a short time later

A timeline of Perry’s released communications shows how Perry worked with those from Trump’s inner circle and Pennsylvania legislators to cast doubt on the commonwealth’s election results and try to overturn the results.  

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House staffer for Mark Meadows, told WITF’s Scott Lamar that Perry played a central role in what transpired leading up to Jan. 6, 2021. 

Hutchinson testified in front of the House Committee on Jan. 6th that Perry was in contact with Trump on the day of the insurrection and asked Trump for a pardon in the weeks after the attack on the capitol. 

“I would implore him to go under oath to dispute whether or not he asked for a pardon, or whether he thinks he did anything wrong,” Hutchinson told Lamar. “But I think it is also important for central Pennsylvanians to know that Scott Perry was central to the planning of Jan. 6.”  



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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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