Big Law backs Obama with $2m fighting fund

By James Barnes

28 September 2012 at 12:42 BST

Lawyers at the top 20 US law firms have given US President Barack Obama almost twice as much in campaign donations as they have to his Republican election rival Mitt Romney.

President Obama: well backed by lawyers reports that Barack Obama has received $1.9 million from law firms, with his biggest backers at DLA Piper stumping up a whopping $345,000 in direct donations.

Romney supporters

Lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis – based in Mr Obama’s hometown of Chicago -- are Mr Romney’s main supporters, chipping in $338,000 to his overall lawyer donation tally of just over $1m.
In fact, Kirkland was just one of five of the top 20 firms where employees gave more in direct contributions to Mr Romney than to the president. The others were Los Angeles-founded Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis & Bockius and New York firms White & Case and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Kirkland gives most

Kirkland also took the accolade of giving the largest amount of direct donations in total, with its lawyers slipping $118,000 to the president as well. A spokesperson for Kirkland declined to comment on the firm’s hefty donations.
Under federal election laws, individuals may donate $2,500 per candidate per election.


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