Boston Globe: Prominent law firm pays questionable ‘bonuses’ to partners for campaign contributions

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    This is my shocked face.

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  2. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    This is disgraceful. They should just start a perfectly legal SuperPAC instead.Report

  3. Avatar Road Scholar
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    Must be s*** lawyers if they can’t hide it better than that.Report

    • Avatar Joe M. in reply to Road Scholar
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      Burried wayyyy deep in the article, they offer at least a glimmer of a defense. They describe the system as not a bonus but an advancement of one form of deferred compensation (equity). As long as the employee is donating something that is theirs and not the company’s, it should be legit. However, shenangins often involve equity transfers.

      As the esteemed Road Scholar points out, one would expect better of a politically connected law firm. One would think that they would know better than to do something so clearly a violation. I would love to see where this goes. But with the current environment where corruption is expected this is probably the last we will hear of it.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Road Scholar
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      Thing is, it’s a really good example of how hard it would be to, should the law change to counter the Citizen’s United decision, keep money out of politics.Report

      • Avatar Will H. in reply to Oscar Gordon
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        …should the law change to counter the Citizen’s United decision, keep money out of politics.
        I’m not sure whether to underscore this virtual impossibility with something humorous but stated in a rascally type of way, or something more serious and brooding.
        I think I might go with the self-aware pensive thing, something tentative and vague.
        Maybe, though not at all assured, I may go with something oblique, to comment on the matter without saying anything directly about it.
        Or I may just do something seemingly profound, though largely inconsequential on further inspection.
        Indecision is the glue which binds us together.Report

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