Reid, Dems had ties to donations via firm with lawyers indicted for grand larceny

Dewey and LeBoeuf employee donations

Scandalized law firm compilation of employees’ political donations; most went to Democrats. (Little Sis/Public Accountability Initiative)

It’s not every day that a prosecutor files grand larceny charges against lawyers at a firm that was the dream of many legal types seeking impressive jobs.  On Thursday, that’s exactly what happened, and fact is, despite Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ranting on the Senate floor about GOP donors, Democrats have their own sugar daddies.

Employees of this firm sweetened many a Democrat candidate’s pot.

As a matter of fact, Reid hosted a fundraiser at the law firm’s offices for a candidate in June, 2011, less than one year before the firm filed for bankruptcy after, as the D.A. described it, allegedly “concocting and overseeing a massive effort to cook the books.” That candidate, by the way, got trounced by her GOP opponent.

Anyway, if the firm hearted Republicans more, you could count on comedy skits and maybe even a movie of the week.

The firm, Dewey and LeBoeuf, wrote its name into history for all the wrong reasons. The indictment listed details on the firm:

“Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (“Dewey”), an international law firm headquartered in New York City, was formed in October 2007 through the combination of Dewey Ballantine LLP and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. At its height, approximately 1,300 partners and employees worked in Dewey’s Manhattan office, and nearly 3,000 partners and employees worked for the firm worldwide.  In May 2012, Dewey collapsed, resulting in the largest law firm bankruptcy in history.”

As might be expected of a firm that not only went heavy on law but also on lobbying,  employees were eager to connect with politicos. Although a small amount of political donations went to Republicans, the lion’s share went to Democrats like President Barack Obama and his party’s national committee.

Little Sis, a site run by the Public Accountability Initiative, compiled an overview of the firm’s employee donations. Between 1990 and 2012, Dewey and LeBoeuf employees gave $339,421 to Democrats. In that same time frame, they gave $19,600 to Republicans.

Why is this relevant?

For one thing, the indictment of leadership at one of the world’s most prestigious law firms is news all by itself. For another, Harry Reid has hysterically assailed Republican donors in speeches from the Senate floor. The implication of such assaults is one more in a line of assaults on freedom of speech by Democrats.

Reid and his Democrats have their own sugar daddies in abundance. Every time the high strung Nevada senator goes into another of his anti-GOP donor rants, the GOP should respond by shining a light on Democrat donors. In the interest of socio-political justice, doncha’ know?

The Democrat ties appear to be overlooked by media.

The firm’s website and most related pages can still be found at the Internet Archive via the Wayback Machine.

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., district attorney for New York County, is lead prosecutor on the case. The firm’s Chairman, the Executive Director, and the Chief Financial Officer are charged with are charged with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Martin Act Securities Fraud, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree. Another employee also faces charges.

(Opinion by Kay B. Day/March 7, 2014)

Indictment/New York DA office/March 6, 2014

Little Sis/Public Accountability Initiative/Dewey and LeBoeuf employee donations

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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