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Top Campaign Donors for Law Firms: DLA Piper and Akin Gump

11/07/14

Top Campaign Donors for Law Firms: DLA Piper and Akin Gump


Summary: The mid-term election is behind us and now the campaign donation statistics are coming out. DLA Piper and Akin Gump topped the list of law firm donors this year.

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When it comes to law firm political contributions, the Democrats came away victorious, despite the win for Republicans on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

The Center for Responsive Politics found that out of the 14 large corporate firms in the top 20, six of them donated funds to Democratic candidates more heavily than to Republican candidates.

Those six firms are Akin Gump Strauss Hauer& Feld LLP; DLA Piper LLP; Squire Patton Boggs LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

There were five firms in the top 20 that donated funds almost equally to both parties. Those five firms are Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; K&L Gates LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Alston & Bird; and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

There were just two firms from the top 20 that donated more money to Republicans than to Democrats and they were Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The firm at the top of the list is Akin Gump, which donated $1.67 million. All of the firms in the top 20 donated more than $500,000 to campaigns across the country.

"Many of our partners are politically involved," Ben Harris, an Akin Gump spokesman, said. "While we cannot speak to individual partner's motivations for donating to a particular candidate, we can certainly confirm that Akin Gump partners have in the past supported, and continue to support, candidates across a broad political and ideological spectrum."

The donations are from the 2013-2014 federal election cycle and were provided by the Federal Election Commission at the end of October. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the money came from PACs, soft-money donors and individuals who gave $200 or more to a campaign.

"The overall numbers show both PAC contributions and contributions by our individual lawyers," William Minor, a partner from the law firm of DLA Piper, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "Our lawyers are active in their communities and make contributions based on their own preferences. But for the firm, our PAC strives for bipartisanship, reflecting the work that we and our clients do with elected officials on both sides of the aisle."

Image credit: DLA Piper

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