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Trial lawyers benefiting from lucrative public contracts make 99% of donations to Democrats, report finds
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Trial lawyers at some of the nation's leading firms made 99% of their campaign donations to Democrats, as lucrative government contracts flow to their profession, according to a new report that crunches Federal Election Commission data from 2017 through 2020.
The new report by the Alliance for Consumers uses a sampling of eight major law firms whose employees made a combined $15 million in political contributions over the four years. Of the $15 million given by employees – not the law firms themselves – $14.85 million went to Democratic candidates and committees, the group says.
"Most would say that trial lawyers are probably not conservatives. But 99% of contributions are higher than the most aggressive unions," O.H. Skinner, executive director of the Alliance for Consumers and a former solicitor general of Arizona, told FOX Business. "The amount of money is higher than from employees of BlackRock, Twitter and Nike."
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The eight law firms sampled were Simmons Hanly, which represents local governments in major litigation; Motley Rice, a firm that won the 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers Award for government representation from American Lawyer Magazine; Morgan & Morgan; Lieff Cabraser; Baron & Budd; Grant & Eisenhofer; Berger Montague; and Cohen Milstein – law firms that have state contracts in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Jersey.