Major US law firms bet on Obama to win 2008 presidential election race

January 10, 2008 US law firms are throwing their financial muscle behind the Democrats’ attempts to reach the White House, with the legal sector providing more funding to the party’s leading candidates than any other industry.

DLA Piper has given the largest amount to date, gifting $356,100 to Hillary Clinton’s cause, making the firm her top contributor. The donations have come from individual partners rather than the firm. Sidley Austin has donated $203,325 to Barack Obama. The candidate and his wife both previously worked in the firm’s Chicago office. Other firms to have contributed include Kirkland & Ellis, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Greenberg Traurig, Patton Boggs and Latham & Watkins, all of which have given more than $100,000 to Clinton’s campaign. Jones Day, Skadden Arps, Jenner & Block, Kirkland and WilmerHale all feature among Obama’s top 20 contributors.

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