Massachusetts law firm donated $1.6M to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and received bonuses that matched their political donations in massive ‘straw-donor scheme  | Daily Mail Online

Following an investigation, it has been revealed that partners at Thornton Law Firm received bonuses that matched their political donations made to Democratic committees and candidates.

 

  • Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and the Center for Responsive Politics have revealed what could be one of the largest straw-donor schemes revealed
  • Its investigation found that partners at Thornton Law Firm donated nearly $1.6 million to Democrats from 2010 through 2014
  • During that period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as ‘bonuses’
  • Those included more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations and were paid within 10 days
  • Spokesman for law firm said its donation reimbursement program was reviewed by outside lawyers and complied with relevant laws
  • But campaign finance experts said it raises numerous red flags because reimbursing people for their political donations is generally illegal
  • This week several Democrats have returned donations from the firm including Hillary Clinton 

A growing number of Democrats are returning donations from a Massachusetts law firm after it was found that the firm’s partners received bonuses that matched their political donations in what may be one of the largest straw-donor schemes revealed.

A newspaper investigation found that partners at the Thornton Law Firm donated nearly $1.6 million to mostly Democratic committees and candidates, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, from 2010 through 2014.

During that same period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as ‘bonuses,’ including more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations and were paid within 10 days.

The firm, which has just 10 partners, reportedly also made donations to several other top Democrats including President Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Harry Reid, to name a few.

The donation reimbursement program was exposed by investigative reporters on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and the Center for Responsive Politics.

A spokesman for the Thornton Law Firm said its donation reimbursement program was reviewed by outside lawyers and complied with relevant laws.

However, campaign finance experts said it raises numerous red flags because reimbursing people for their political donations is generally illegal.

‘If you give a donation and then somebody else reimburses you for that contribution, that is a clear violation of the spirit and the letter of the law at the state and federal levels,’ Scott Allen, Boston Globe’s Spotlight editor, told CBS News.

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