“After the President announced that the Justice Department would no longer commit resources to the legal defense of DOMA in February 2011, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the U.S. House of Representatives would take up the defense of DOMA.
Originally, the funding for this legal defense was capped at $500,000. The House GOP paid former Solicitor General and conservative Supreme Court rockstar Paul Clement to defend DOMA.
That cap has been repeatedly raised. … By October 2012, the GOP defense had burned through almost the entire new cap of $1.5 million.
All told, the House legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act cost six times as much as the House GOP leadership originally anticipated.