The Boston Globe on Saturday uncovered that partners at the Thornton Law Firm received bonuses tied to political donations in apparent violation of campaign finance law. Senator Leahy has received at least $5,000 in contributions from the firm’s partners at a time when the Senate was considering major legislation reforming class action lawsuits, a move Thornton strongly opposed. The legislation was opposed by Leahy in the Judiciary Committee.
“Once again, we see that Sen. Leahy is accepting special interest contributions linked to business before his committee, only this time there is clear evidence based on the Boston Globe’s investigation that these contributions were outright illegal. Sen. Leahy should follow the lead of Gov. Hassan in New Hampshire and Sen. Feingold in Wisconsin and return these tainted contributions immediately.”
In Recent Months, Senator Leahy Has Refused To Return Tainted Contributions Totaling Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars. Senator Leahy refused to join Sue Minter and return campaign donations from Jay Peak attorney, Charles Leamy. Senator Leahy refuses to provide details—such as who was in attendance and when and were it was held—about the EB-5 related fundraiser he held between the time Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger were deposed in May, 2014.
Senator Leahy also refused to return or donate contributions from embattle drugmaker Mylan.
Meanwhile, Scott Milne is running a positive campaign, setting forth concrete campaign finance reform proposals, has not solicited donations from anyone, and is refusing to accept any donations from special interests and political action committees.
“Leahy’s actions, in contrast to my campaign, highlight the need for meaningful campaign finance reform and term limits for U.S. Senators,” said Milne.