Federal Judgeships and Campaign Contributions – Two Completely Unrelated Items?
Kudos to John Mulligan and the Providence Journal for shining some light on the nice chunk of change that proposed federal judge John McConnell has contributed to his political sponsors.
The McConnells [John and his wife Sara Shea] gave $8,800 to Reed’s reelection campaign. They gave $3,000 to reelect Rep. James R. Langevin and $4,600 to reelect Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, plus $5,000 more to the political action committee (PAC) that Kennedy operates to give money to fellow Democratic candidates. McConnell have $8,400 to Whitehouse’s 2006 election campaign and has since given $3,500 to his PAC fund.
Don’t forget his sponsors’ party.
Over the past two decades, the contributions to party coffers by McConnell and his wife, Sara Shea McConnell, have approached $700,000, according to compilations by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Though he has no direct say in the picking of federal judges, we would be remiss if we did not add to the list the $11,000 which the campaign of Attorney General Patrick Lynch has received from Mr. McConnell, an attorney at the firm Motley Rice, one of “the nation’s largest plaintiff’s litigation firms“, and his wife. Informed readers will recall that Motley Rice represented the state in the lead paint case by means of a contingency agreement. Well informed readers will recall that this potentially lucrative agreement was bestowed at the sole discretion of the Attorney General – Whitehouse, then Lynch.