On Oct. 1, the obligation of the federal government to pay for the House Republican leadership's defense of the Defense of Marriage Act increased from $500,000 to $750,000 -- with a new "cap" on the defense set at $1.5 million.

Those new numbers are set by a modification of the original April contract between House General Counsel Kerry Kircher and Bancroft PLLC partner Paul Clement for Bancroft to represent the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group in its DOMA defense.