Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Corporate Donations

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Campaign Money
Lawyering sure seems like a profession that grows when government grows...

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), according to the latest records, has been receiving heft amounts in donations from several individuals in the securities and investment industry. Even though Warren has been vocal about her fight against corporations and Wall Street, records show that she has received around $660,000 in donations from the securities and exchange sector, making it the sixth highest contributor to her campaigns.

Records also revealed that the second most generous industry contributing to Warren’s campaign committees has been law firms and lawyers with $2.4 million in donations. The law firms that seem to have contributed the most deal with white-collar crime, bankruptcy cases, and corporate restructuring.

An international law firm, Ropes and Gray LLP, which deals with government enforcement issues, internal investigations, and white collar crimes, is Warren’s tenth largest contributor. Employees at the firm have contributed $57,725 to Warren’s campaign.

Brown Rudnick LLP, another global firm that deals in high stakes litigation cases, appears to be a generous donor to Warren. Individuals at the firm have contributed $72,447 to her campaign committees in total.

Brown Rudnick claims “deep experience with specialized industries including technology, health care, energy, government services, venture capital and hedge funds.” The individuals at Brown Rudnick are the eighth most generous to the Massachusetts senator.

Employees at Mintz-Levin, a Boston based law firm that focuses on corporate securities and bankruptcy matters, have donated $48,550 to Warren’s cause.

Goodwin Procter LLP’s employees, another firm that defends white collar criminals and cases of financial institutions, have contributed $35,115.

Prior to Warren’s appointment as Senator in 2012, she was a law professor at the Harvard Law School for Leo Gottlieb. She received $350,000 a year from the job.

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Some of Planned Parenthood’s biggest corporate sponsors have asked Planned Parenthood to stop touting them as donors–because of the embattled organization’s alleged sale of the body parts of aborted babies.

Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., and Xerox have led the charge to keep their names out of the controversy.

Representatives from the three companies, in fact, claimed that they never even gave money to Planned Parenthood, claiming that they were “incorrectly listed as donors.” They claimed their companies “do not contribute to Planned Parenthood and do not match employee gifts to the organization… All three [corporations] have contacted or will contact Planned Parenthood to be removed from its website.”

Facing a mass exodus of major corporations who may or may not have given to Planned Parenthood, the organization responded by casually removing their entire list of corporate donors on Thursday–but not before the list was leaked all over the internet by the news website, the Daily Signal:

“A partial list of companies with [Planned Parenthood] Corporate Matching Gift Programs includes: AT&T, Alcoa, American Express, Avon Products, Black & Decker, Circuit City, Citibank, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Fidelity Investments, Ford Motor Company, Gannett, James River Corporation, Merck & Company, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Phillip Morris, T. Rowe Price, Prudential Insurance, Safeco Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Sunoco, Vanguard Group, Verizon, Washington Post Company, White & Case.”

The recent scandal–where two leaked videos have shown top Planned Parenthood brass casually discussing the sale of the body parts of aborted fetuses–has led to unprecedented controversy for the already-controversial abortion provider.

And, if corporations like Coke, Xerox, and Ford are any indication, this controversy is going to start affecting Planned Parenthood’s bottom line in a way that could ultimately endanger the group–and hurt the pro-abortion lobby in America.

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