Lawyers, law firms among top contributors to presidential campaigns

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have benefited from lawyers’ donations and lobbying efforts

The presidential election season is in full swing, and lawyers have been among the most active participants in the political process, at least financially speaking.

Barack Obama has benefitted the most from lawyers’ largesse, earning nearly $12.4 million in contributions from attorneys and law firms in June. In fact, lawyers and law firms are the president’s second largest donors by industry, and six of his top 20 contributors by organization are law firms: DLA Piper, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps, Morgan & Morgan, WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis.

Alanna Byrne

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