Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign will pay for the attorney hired to represent the administration in the ongoing investigation of the Moreland Commission by the U.S. attorney’s office, an administration official confirmed.

The Daily News reported yesterday that Cuomo had retained criminal defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz in May to fulfill a similar role played by counsel to the governor, Mylan Denerstein, who may be called as a potential witness in the case.

The governor’s re-election campaign reported having $35 million in cash on hand.

In 2010 as he was running for governor, Cuomo spoke out against the use of campaign money for non-campaign expenses.

“Campaign contributions should not be used for personal expenditures,” Cuomo’s campaign policy book on ethics states. “Permissible and non-permissible uses of campaign funds must be clarified, and non-campaign related, personal uses of any kind prohibited and enforced.”

Cuomo’s program bills submitted to the Legislature restricted the use of personal expenses for campaign cash, but did not prohibit spending aimed at executing the duties of public office.

Good-government groups have often frowned on the use of campaign cash to pay for legal expenses, which state lawmakers in both the Senate and Assembly have done over the years.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dipped into his campaign account to pay for legal costs incurred by the sexual harassment scandal surrounding ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez. And Republican Sen. Tom Libous in recent months has also paid attorneys fees out of his campaign account.

But the governor’s budget office notes using the campaign account is an alternative having public dollars be used.

“Although the chamber could have procured counsel at state expense, the Governor’s campaign will pay for the lawyer acting as Chamber Counsel to avoid any cost to taxpayers,” said budget spokesman Morris Peters.