Money. Politics. Corruption. HORSE RACE!
Between now and the election, there are going to be a ton of stories about who is up and who is down. Barack Obama is enjoying a modest convention bounce, and with daily tracing polls, the media will have plenty of opportunities to tell us who’s winning while we wait for America to actually vote.
But there are other ways to pick winners and losers. Taking a look at fundraising is a good way to look at who is going to be able to “blitz” the airwaves with a mind-numbing array of ads. Money raised also gives us a way to look at the “enthusiasm” the candidates enjoy among their key constituents. And as we all know, “blitzing” airwaves makes people “enthusiastic” about “moving to Canada.”
I mean, I find it hard to believe that there are people who haven’t yet made up their mind as to who they are going to vote for. Mitt Romney has been running for president for eight years. Obama has been the president for four. The two parties support wildly different platforms. If last minute ads are going to influence your vote, you’ve got the mental capacity of a goldfish.
Of course, there are a few Biglaw firms who have contributed a lot of money to the candidates, they probably know just how stupid the American public can be….
The National Law Journal reports that Barack Obama is leading Mitt Romney when it comes to fundraising from lawyers. That’s not a huge surprise.
Though Obama’s lawyer and law firm fundraising doubles Romney’s, the NLJ reports that Obama raised three times as much from lawyers in 2007-2008.
The Center for Responsive Politics breaks down the legal groups that have contributed the most to the candidates. There are three Biglaw firms in the top five:
According to the center, the top five legal groups, including law firms, that gave to Democratic and Republican candidates overall in 2011-2012, included the trial lawyers’ group called American Association for Justice; the Mostyn Law Firm; Kirkland & Ellis; DLA Piper; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Check out the Mostyn Law Firm hanging with the big boys. I wonder what they want? For that matter, I wonder what Skadden wants — I’m assuming DLA Piper wants to open a small office in the Lincoln Bedroom and that Kirkland wants to be the sole provider of Kool-Aid in the White House.
Less than two months of this ridiculousness to go. I wish the courts would just tell us who won already.
In 2012 race, lawyers, law firms contribute twice as much to Obama than Romney [National Law Journal]