Other payments went to six private lawyers representing agency staff members and Perdue's top aide, Danny Ellis, who attends Housing Development Fund board meeting as Perdue's delegate.
In addition to Ellis, the outside lawyers are representing former executive director Joe Hatfield and four agency administrators: Sherry Bossie, Mary Mason, Michelle Wilshire and Nancy Parsons.
Boggess said Ellis, Hatfield and the four employees are potential witnesses, not targets of the investigation.
The Gazette requested the outside lawyers' billing records on April 19, after Boggess told the newspaper that Jackson Kelly had charged $24,750 for "FOIA matters" since the federal investigation became public in late October.
The Housing Development Fund responded to the Gazette's FOIA letter on March 24 -- nearly five weeks after the request. State law requires agency's to respond to such public records requests within five days.
Agency executives have declined to disclose Jackson Kelly's hourly rate for legal services.
The Housing Fund has received at least 15 FOIA requests since October. The Gazette filed 13 of those request.
If Jackson Kelly charged $350 an hour -- a typical rate in Charleston -- the firm's lawyers would have had to bill for 70 hours for the cost of the 15 FOIA requests to total $24,750.
Boggess has said Jackson Kelly lawyers charged the agency for advice on whether releasing documents would interfere with the federal investigation.
The newspaper has contacted Jackson Kelly lawyers about the legal fees, but the Housing Development Fund's in-house general counsel, Tracy Webb, has instructed the attorneys not to speak to the Gazette about the bills.
Since October, the Housing Development Fund has released hundreds of pages of records to the Gazette, but also denied numerous documents, citing exemptions to FOIA law.
The agency has previously released invoices from out-of-state lawyers hired by the agency for advice on other legal matters.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.