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April 24, 2015

REPORT: Political Contributors to Louisiana AG Have Billed Taxpayers Over $13.2 Million in Oil Spill-Related Legal Fees

Law firms that made political contributions to Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell have billed taxpayers more than $13.2 million in legal fees in the five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

According to a public records search by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, eight out of the eleven private law firms that represented the state were political contributors. The law firms that won no-bid contracts were those whose principals held official positions within Caldwell’s campaign.

“Despite recent reforms aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the Attorney General’s Office, it appears that the gravy train of contracts for politically connected trial lawyers continues to roll down the tracks in Louisiana,” said Melissa Landry, executive director of the legal watchdog group.

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