US lawyers at UK firms dig deep for Obama

US lawyers at UK firms dig deep for ObamaUS lawyers working for UK firms have backed Barack Obama’s presidential bid by donating nearly $400,000 to his campaign.

In an overwhelming show of support for the Democratic candidate, US employees at top UK-headquartered firms dug deep to fund his presidential bid, but largely ignored his Republican rival John McCain, whose campaign received $40,250 – a tenth of the Democrats’ total.

The figures come from the ;Federal ;Election ­Commission (FEC), which publishes details of all major donations to political ­parties and lobby groups.

The top fundraisers were firms with large numbers of US-based lawyers.

DLA Piper’s employees were by far the most generous, offering $272,866 to the Democratic cause and $12,850 to the Republicans.

The firm’s US-based chief executive Lee Miller is a staunch Democrat and has donated $28,500 this year – the maximum individual donation permitted by law.

Allen & Overy’s staff were the most pro-Republican, donating $17,900 to McCain.

They also donated $17,600 to ;Obama. ;Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was
the most pro-Democrat firm, providing $27,450 for Obama but not a single cent for McCain.

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