Jones Day law firm may be lining its coffers with millions of dollars as it serves the legal interests of President Trump’s reelection campaign. But the lawyers at that same firm may not hold any type of personal allegiance to the President.
According to a new report, lawyers at Jones Day have donated about $90,000 to the campaign committee of former Veep Joe Biden and just $50 to the Trump campaign.
A Reuters analysis of Federal Election Commission records reveals a wide gap between individual lawyer donations to the candidates, with nearly $29 million being flooded into Biden’s campaign and a comparatively meager $1.75 million going to Trump’s reelection bid between the beginning of last year and the end of August this year.
The news comes after a report revealed that Trump’s campaign burned through a once-massive fundraising advantage, spending more than $800 million of its $1.1 billion before early September. In August, Biden beat out Trump by raising $155 million by late September. According to Politico, Biden’s campaign had $141 million more in the bank than President Trump’s campaign — and is still pushing to earn more.
The figures reflect more than 120,000 contributions reported by the candidates’ principal campaign committees to the FEC late last month, which includes individual donations, not law firm contributions made through the end of August.
With that in mind — it’s possible that donations to political action committees, or law firm PAC donations to candidates are not reflected in the data and could account for additional contributions to the Trump campaign not reflected in these findings, as Reuters noted.
Two Jones Day attorneys who asked to not be named told Reuters that they donated to Biden because they preferred his policies.
“It shouldn’t be news that rich, liberal lawyers in Biden’s pocket are desperately trying to make up for his lackluster candidacy or that every big law firm has lawyers on both sides of the political aisle,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Zager told Reuters in an statement.
As Reuters notes, Jones Day is not the only legal firm that has represented Trump and whose lawyers have given hefty funds to the Biden campaign.