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RPOF CALLS ON MURPHY TO RETURN TAINTED THORNTON LAW FIRM DONATIONS

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Today, Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia called on Senate candidate, Congressman Patrick Murphy to return tainted donations from the Thornton Law Firm, after a scathing report from the Boston Globe revealed that the firm was caught giving their employees ‘bonuses’ for political campaign contributions to Democrat candidates. Murphy accepted $21,800 from the Thornton Law Firm, and this is the second straw donor scheme Murphy has been involved in to date. 

 

“It should not come as a surprise that once again, Patrick Murphy has added another shady campaign contribution case to his long list of politically illegal and unethical campaign finance problems. As more illegal campaign contributions are revealed by the day, even his daddy’s money cannot save Murphy and his drowning Senate campaign. Murphy should do what others have already done and return the tainted contributions,” said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

 

Partners At Thornton Law Firm Received Bonuses That Exactly Equaled Their Contributions To Democratic Campaigns And Committees

 

The Boston Globe Headline: “Law Firm ‘Bonuses’ Tied To Political Donations” (Andrea Estes And Viveca Novak, “Law Firm ‘Bonuses’ Tied To Political Donations,” The Boston Globe, 10/29/16)

 

Partners At Thornton Law Firm Received Bonuses That Exactly Equaled Their Contributions To Democratic Campaigns And Committees. “Jon Tester didn’t come all the way from Montana for the scrambled eggs and bacon. The US senator, virtually unknown in Boston, was in a conference room at the Thornton Law Firm that June morning to cash in at one of the most reliable stops on the Democratic fund-raising circuit, a law firm that pours millions into the coffers of the party and its politicians. Tester, a massive, jovial man who raises livestock on his family farm, was more compelling than many of the other breakfast guests, all of them political candidates the firm hoped would defend the interests of trial attorneys. But the drill was basically the same. The personal injury lawyers listened politely for a few minutes, then returned to their offices. And Tester walked away with $26,400 in checks. But a striking thing happened the day Tester visited in 2010. Partner David C. Strouss received a payment from the firm labeled as a ‘bonus’ that exactly equaled his $2,400 contribution to Tester’s campaign, the maximum allowed. A few days later, partner Garrett Bradley — until recently the House assistant majority leader on Beacon Hill — got a bonus, too, exactly matching his $2,400 gift to Tester. This pattern of payments — contributions offset by bonus payments — was commonplace at Thornton, according to a review of law firm records by the Spotlight Team and the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based nonprofit that tracks campaign finance data.”(Andrea Estes And Viveca Novak, “Law Firm ‘Bonuses’ Tied To Political Donations,” The Boston Globe, 10/29/16)

 

More Than 280 Contributions From Three Thornton Law Firm Partners, And Their Spouses, Exactly Matched Bonuses That Were Paid Within 10 Days

 

From 2010 Through 2014 Three Thornton Law Firm Partners, And Their Spouses, Contributed Nearly $1.6 Million To Democratic Campaigns And Committees While The Partners Received $1.4 Million In “Bonuses.” “From 2010 through 2014, Strouss and Bradley, along with founding partner Michael Thornton and his wife, donated nearly $1.6 million to Democratic Party fund-raising committees and a parade of politicians — from Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada to Hawaii gubernatorial candidate David Ige to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Over the same span, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as ‘bonuses’ in Thornton Law Firm records; more than 280 of the contributions precisely matched bonuses that were paid within 10 days..” (Andrea Estes And Viveca Novak, “Law Firm ‘Bonuses’ Tied To Political Donations,” The Boston Globe, 10/29/16)

 

NOTE: “More Than 280 Of The Contributions Precisely Matched Bonuses That Were Paid Within 10 Days.” “From 2010 through 2014, Strouss and Bradley, along with founding partner Michael Thornton and his wife, donated nearly $1.6 million to Democratic Party fund-raising committees and a parade of politicians — from Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada to Hawaii gubernatorial candidate David Ige to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Over the same span, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as ‘bonuses’ in Thornton Law Firm records; more than 280 of the contributions precisely matched bonuses that were paid within 10 days.” (Andrea Estes And Viveca Novak, “Law Firm ‘Bonuses’ Tied To Political Donations,” The Boston Globe, 10/29/16)

 

 

Murphy received $21,800 in contributions from Thornton Law Firm employees

 

Thornton Law Firm Employees Contributed $21,800 To Patrick Murphy’s 2016 Senate Campaign. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 10/30/16)

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