As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the state attorney general’s office has approved a $300,000 contract for legal representation for the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption in the ongoing federal investigation surrounding the panel being shutdown.

Updated: The Daily News first reported on the contract last week.

The contract with the law firm Hinckley, Allen & Snyder was approved last week, and was backdated to May 16 and runs through the end of the year.

Bharara in April took possession of records generated by the commission after it was shutdown following an ethics agreement in the state budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hired white-collar criminal lawyer Elkan Abramowitz to represent the executive chamber as whole, but is using campaign funds to pay for those legal expenses.

Cuomo defended the use of campaign funds for legal expenses, saying this week he didn’t want to spend taxpayer money for the representation.

The governor and his staff have come under scrutiny for attempting to block subpoenas issued by the panel.