Romney and Obama Benefit from Lawyer and Law Firm Contributions
Posted Jul 13, 2012 7:41 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Lawyers and law firms are among the top contributors by industry to the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Lawyers and law firms have contributed $12.4 million to Obama’s campaign and $5.2 million to Romney’s campaign, the Washington Post reports, citing information from the Center for Responsive Politics. Lawyers and law firms are ranked second, by industry, for donations to Obama and ranked third for donations to Romney.
One law firm—Kirkland & Ellis—is among the top 20 contributors by organization for Romney. It is also one of six law firms that are among the top 20 organizational contributors to Obama. Besides Kirkland, they are DLA Piper, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps, Morgan & Morgan, and WilmerHale.
The legal industry also tops the list for bundling contributions from other individuals on behalf of Obama, the Post says. Lawyers and law firms have bundled $22.4 million for the president’s campaign.