Law firm seeking $4 million from the state, Perkins Coie, has long history of going to bat for Democrats…
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Election lawyers in Virginia are making a killing: about $6 million in legal fees relating to the state’s congressional and legislative redistricting plans, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
That figure could rise to $10 million soon.
Last month, the liberal-friendly 4thCircuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia lawmakers had illegally “packed” black voters in certain legislative districts to make surrounding districts whiter and more Republican.
GOP lawmakers are appealing that decision.
It would be the second round of “re-redistricting” for Virginia, as a case with similar facts led to a reshuffling of the congressional map two years ago.
The recent federal ruling on the legislative districts comes just a couple months after some of those same districts survived a challenge in the state courts.
That lawsuit alleged that the districts were unconstitutional because they were not compact.
What’s behind the recent litigation?
A law firm seeking $4 million from the state, Perkins Coie, has a long history of going to bat for the Democratic Party.
This time, they’re working for a national group led by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
After ignoring legislative races and getting wiped out in the 2010 midterms, thereby losing many key redistricting battles, Democrats want Holder’s group to do the next best thing to winning – overturning the results of those battles in the courts.
Of course, it’s Virginia taxpayers who are on the hook.
Parker Slaybaugh, spokesman for House Speaker Kirk Cox, said that “out-of-state liberal billionaires” are to blame for the high costs of the litigation.
It’s not clear what liberal billionaires he’s referring to, but there are at least a few multimillionaires who are behind the redistricting effort, including former governor Terry McAuliffe and former President Obama.
Both have helped raise money for Holder’s group.
In neighboring North Carolina, Republicans have derided similar litigation as part of a cynical strategy to “sue ‘til blue.”
It looks like these same tactics are now taking hold in the Old Dominion state.
Fine news for Democratic Party operatives – terrible news for taxpayers.
Check out the article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch here.