Law Firms Diverting Public Funds to Democratic Campaigns: Consumer Advocacy Group

A consumer advocacy organization, the Alliance for Consumers (AFC), has alerted Republican governors to the issue of major law firms channeling money from public contracts with state and local governments to fund Democratic candidates and organizations, according to an Epoch Times report.

According to the AFC, these firms are also accused of diverting funds away from victims and consumers.

AFC Executive Director O.H. Skinner recently sent letters to the governors, highlighting the findings of the organization’s consumer protection report on the so-called “Shady Trial Lawyer Pipeline.”

Skinner wrote that a Consumer Protection Report “exposes how these trial lawyers rely on public contracts with states and local governments that often lack basic protections (including basic ethics protections) to tighten their hold, all while diverting money away from everyday consumers and sending 99% of their federal donations to liberal candidates and committees.”

The report identifies eight major law firms, referred to as the “Shady Eight,” including Morgan & Morgan, Motley Rice, and Maron & Budd.

These firms allegedly funneled up to $18 million into political donations for Democratic committees and candidates.

The report states, “That is the total given by the firms directly, their 1,400 or so combined lawyers, and other employees and staff,” adding that “over $3 million was generated by the firms during 2021 and 2022.”

The AFC’s report also reveals that 99 percent of the firms’ combined federal donations in 2021 and 2022, amounting to over $3 million, went to Democratic campaigns and affiliated committees, Epoch Times notes.

Even the least partisan member of the “Shady Eight,” Grant & Eisenhofer, contributed 97 percent of its donations to Democrats and their allies during this period.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that Lieff Cabraser, another law firm mentioned in the report, directed more than 50 percent of its over $750,000 in combined donations to support Democratic senatorial candidates in 2021 and 2022, including more than $100,000 to Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

Motley Rice, meanwhile, generated over $750,000 in combined FEC donations during the same period, with 55 percent funding Democratic Senate candidates.

Top recipients of these donations included U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Catherine Masto (D-NV), and Warnock.

Morgan & Morgan donated $2.2 million to President Joe Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, with $1 billion coming from the firm’s founder John Morgan.