The full story of this next D.C. scandal might not reach the attention of the national media so we are highlighting it.
Thornton Law Firm have been top donors to the Franken campaign committee and they are under investigation by the FEC and the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office.
Franken returned the money as federal regulators are investigating the firm for linking employee bonuses to campaign contributions.
Democrats have returned one million dollars though not all Democrats have followed suit. Sen. Jack Reed in Rhode Island didn’t. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention so-called Republican Lindsey Graham didn’t return contributions the firm made to him.
We’re so shocked. We thought Democrats didn’t want big corrupt money in politics.
It is believed that this firm overcharged clients, padding bills by millions of dollars among their other crimes.
As the Boston Globe explains, the asbestos law company encouraged their partners to give money to Democratic campaigns, with their donations later reimbursed by the firm as apparent “bonuses.”
Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have all returned donations to employees of Thornton in recent months.
The Boston Globe reports that Thornton was the 11th-ranked law firm nationally for political contributions in 2014, even though it is not among the top 100 largest even in Massachusetts. Bonuses were distributed to employees as soon as the day after donating.
The Star Tribune reports that the firm’s lawyers and their spouses are among Franken’s top contributors. They donated to Franken’s 2008 campaign when he defeated Republican Norm Coleman by a mere 312 votes.
If a person violates the law but gives it back, does that make him innocent? Are we to believe he didn’t know?
The stench from the D.C. swamp has reached us here in New York despite media blackouts.