While major corporations and some law firms stopped contributions to lawmakers after the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, few of the legal industries’ most powerful political spenders have publicly taken similar steps.
Five people including a police officer lost their lives as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the seat of Congress, fueled by Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.
Firms including Covington & Burling, outside counsel for President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign, and lobbying giants Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck issued statements condemning the violence, but stopped short of pledging to suspend donations from their political action committees.
The PACs of the three firms, which wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., were among the ten highest spending for individual law firms in the 2020 election cycle, which overall contributed about $3.2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets website. The donations from the ten firms were roughly split among Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
All ten firms gave to at least one of the Republican lawmakers who voted against…