Obama Names Second U.S. Attorney From Same NC Law Firm
A few weeks ago, Obama nominated Thomas G. Walker to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He's also a partner at Alston & Bird.
Tom Daschle is a former advisor to the firm. Robert Dole is still there. Through 2008, firm employees contributed $62,000 to Obama's campaigns. The firm's PAC contributed $118,000 to congressional candidates in the 2007-2008 election cycle.
The U.S. Attorneys' job has always been a political plum that goes to lawyers who have helped (or whose firms have helped)the political party making the appointment. Which isn't to say either of the N.C. appointments aren't qualified or deserving of the job. But would either have been picked, but for the political clout of their firm? I tend to doubt it.
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