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Trial Lawyer Cash Flowing to Obama

Posted Apr 9, 2007 7:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Many trial lawyers who supported John Edwards in 2004 are now throwing their support—and money—to Barack Obama.

In the first quarter of 2003, personal injury lawyer Edwards received almost two-thirds of $7.4 million in campaign contributions from trial lawyers, their families and their staffs. But now trial lawyers may be supporting Obama because they think he has a better chance of winning, Legal Times reports.

"Frankly, I have got some torn loyalties," says Dennis VanDerGinst, an Illinois trial attorney who is raising money for Edwards, Obama and Hillary Clinton. "I did support Edwards last go-around, and given his background as a trial attorney, I still have a soft spot for him, but from a practical standpoint I'm not sure I see him as the front-runner right now."

The latest reports show Clinton and Obama have raised more than $20 million, while Edwards has raised about $14 million.

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