President Obama: well backed by lawyers
Law.com 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.
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.