From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
In the recount we all love to hate, Democrat Al Franken wants Republican Norm Coleman to pay the costs of the seven-week, three-judge trial if Coleman ultimately loses.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Democrat Al Franken wants the judges who heard the U.S. Senate trial to force Norm Coleman to pay court costs and some opposing lawyers' fees -- a potentially expensive bill -- if the Republican loses his bid to overturn the results of the recount. ... Franken's document asks that Coleman pay the costs of the seven-week trial. And in seeking attorneys' fees for Franken lawyers... ."
This is Franken, in part, trying to put pressure on Coleman who, at this point, has to be operating on limited resources.
It also comes in the wake of revelations that a list of Coleman donors' names and credit card numbers showed up on another Web site.
"Coleman accused political opponents of hacking into his campaign website to discourage prospective donors from financing the long, expensive recount process. Several Web operators, however, said they believe the campaign mistakenly left the website open for several hours in late January," the Star-Tribune writes.