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Law Firm Contracted by Redistricting Commission Favors Democrats with Contributions

Owen Poindexter | April 01, 2011

April 5, 2011 - A $150,000 contract agreement between the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and a voting rights law firm hit a bump in the road when it was revealed that the firm has made federal campaign contributions and is a registered federal lobbying firm, according to the Contra Costa Times.

MAPLight.org researchers have revealed that employees of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher have contributed significantly to California legislators. Since 2003, $29,700 was given to legislators, $22,800 (77%) of which was given in the last four years. Of the total sum, Democrats have received $21,700, almost three-quarters, to the Republicans' $8,000.

At the federal level, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and its employees have given $1.2 million to United States senators and House members since 2001. Seventy percent ($812,255) of the firm's federal contributions have gone to Democrats (including Independent Joe Lieberman, who caucuses with the Democrats).

Contributions to California Legislators from Employees of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Party Recipient Total
     
Democrats  
  Alex Padilla  $ 750
 Anthony Portantino $ 250
  Bob Blumenfield  $ 3,000
  Bonnie Lowenthal  $ 250
  Curren Price  $ 1,000
  Darrell Steinberg  $ 1,000
  Dave Jones  $ 3,500
 Elaine Alquist $ 100
  Gloria Negrete McLeod  $ 200
  Gloria Romero  $ 1,000
  Holly Mitchell  $ 100
  Jerry Hill  $ 100
  Mark Leno  $ 1,000
  Mike Feuer  $ 8,450
 Tom Torlakson $ 1,000
Democrat Total  $ 21,700
     
Republicans 
 
  Allan Mansoor  $ 2,000
  Bob Huff  $ 1,000
  Diane Harkey  $  1,750
  Mimi Walters  $ 2,000
  Tony Strickland  $ 1,250
Republican Total  $ 8,000
     
Grand Total  $ 29,700

Contributions to Federal Legislators from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and its Employees

Party Office          
Total
Democrat House (54)  
 $ 178,365
  Senate (43)  $ 633,890
Democrat Total    $ 812,255
Republican House (38)  $ 56,300
  Senate  (35)  $ 285,871
Republican Total    $ 342,171
Grand Total    $ 1,154,426

Methodology: Includes reported contributions to campaigns of California Assemblymembers and senators, January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010. California campaign contributions data source: National Institute on Money in State Politics. Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of United States House members and senators, January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2010.  Federal campaign contributions data source: Center for Responsive Politics.

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