Democrats win bulk of law firm cash

US lawyers and their law firms have emerged as generous supporters of the Democrats in the party’s US presidential race, contributing almost $70m (£38.4m) to John Kerry’s bid for the White House.

Figures released by the Centre for Responsive Politics reveal that US law firms have so far donated a total of almost $100m (£54.9m) to parties in the ongoing presidential election campaign. A whopping 71 per cent has gone into the Democrats’ coffers.

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America was the biggest supporter, stumping up $1.7m (£933,000) in contributions to the two major parties, with around 90 per cent going to the Democrats.

DLA’s merger suitor Piper Rudnick is the third-largest donor, contributing a total of $851,688 (£467,480), with the Democrats again benefiting from the bulk of the cash.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom gave more than $500,000 (£274,000) to the Democrats, while Washington DC’s Gibson Dunn & Crutcher donated 72 per cent of its total political donations to Kerry’s election campaign. Florida’s Holland & Knight has so far given a total of $577,068 (£316,750) to the election race, with 64 per cent of the funds supporting Kerry.

Despite the trend, a number of firms remain staunchly Republican.
Texas firm Vinson & Elkins, which counts Exxon Mobil and Duke Energy among its clients, donated 64 per cent of a total of $370,000 (£203,000) to the Republican Party.