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Rudy’s Law Firm’s PAC

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A story in the San Francisco Chronicle by Carla Marinucci details the giving of the PAC run by Rudy’s law firm:

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a prodigious fundraiser who will campaign today in California, is partner in a law firm with a generous political action committee — one that gave nearly 40 percent of its contributions to Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections, including $5,000 to then-Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.

The 2006 donations from the political action committee of the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani — known as Bracepac — included $3,000 to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco and $500 to Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton, who defeated Republican Rep. Richard Pombo in the East Bay’s hotly contested 11th Congressional District race, federal records show.

Bracepac contributed to 53 Democratic candidates and 50 Republicans in the 2006 election cycle, federal records show. In California, Bracepac donations went mostly to Democrats, although the political action committee also contributed $2,500 to Pombo and $3,500 to Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands (San Bernardino County), who was the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee until Democrats took control of the House.

Read the whole thing, and kudos to Marinucci for running the traps and coming up with a very interesting and potentially very problematic story for Rudy.

Rudy’s long ago contribution to Planned Parenthood wasn’t a significant story, any more than are Ann Romney’s donation to the same group or the occasional contribution by any candidate to a long time friend or business associate who happens to be a Democrat or independent.  Purity in contribution history has never been a major issue in any campaign, just one of many data points in figuring out whether or not a candidate has been a loyal Party member, which does indeed matter.

Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Giuliani’s campaign, told the Chron in an e-mail Tuesday that “the PAC is not representative of the mayor’s beliefs.”  This is an interesting story on how a politically connected law firm operates, but it doesn’t tell us much about the mayor, though he probably had some choice words today regarding the decisions of his partners on the PAC’s steering committee.


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