A new report from the AP on the Idaho Legislature’s legal defense fund details the $275,000 lawmakers have spent on outside counsel in the last three years rather than using Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office, and contains this revelation: Gov. Otter’s former chief counsel, Tom Perry, who left the office over the summer, has been paid $165,400 as of November to represent the Legislature and governor in their lawsuit over the sage grouse listing, as a private attorney. Perry was paid $100,755 a year when he left the governor’s office in April. He worked for the state for 10 years, and previously was with the governor’s Office of Species Conservation. Wasden’s office is not involved in the case, the AP reports/Eye on Boise. More here.