Well, that’s $20,000 Larry Sonsini might as well have set on fire.
The chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was among Meg Whitman’s biggest individual backers from the law firm community in her bid for California governor — which she lost in Tuesday’s election to Jerry Brown.
Sonsini ponied up $20,000 in individual contributions to Whitman, according to the state’s campaign finance records.
We've got a chart of other big law Whitman contributors, after the jump.
Two other Wilson Sonsini lawyers signed checks for Whitman: partner Boris Feldman, who gave $7,200, and Douglas Clark, who chipped in $1,000.
Among other Silicon Valley law firm lawyers, Cooley’s litigation chief, Michael Rhodes, also stands out. He contributed $5,000 to Whitman, while his colleagues gave nearly as much — $4,850 — to Brown. (Rhodes appeared to be the only Cooley lawyer to donate to Whitman’s campaign). Cooley and Wilson Sonsini have done substantial work for Ebay over the years.
As it turns out, though, Whitman has even bigger fans among Baker & McKenzie lawyers. Partner Clyde “Skip” Rankin III, who works out of Baker & McKenzie’s New York office, plunked down $35,000.
Southern California lawyers also gave substantial amounts. Whitman got $35,000 from Beverly Hills attorney Bruce Ramer of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, for instance.
Whitman also had major support from corporate counsel at Ebay, where a number of lawyers together donated $24,500, and Accenture, where attorney Douglas Scrivner alone contributed $25,900.
Of course, the contributions from the legal community pale with Whitman’s own war chest. The businesswoman spent at least $160 million of her own money on the campaign trail.
Just goes to show cash isn’t always king.
Note: Amounts do not count late contributions.
Whitman got the most money from lawyers at the following big firms:
|Baker & McKenzie||$35,006.62|
|McDermott Will & Emery||$30,500.00|
|Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati||$28,200.00|
|Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker||$11,000.00|
|Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher||$10,500.00|
|Latham & Watkins||$8,000.00|
|King & Spalding||$7,400.00|
|Gordon & Rees||$4,500.00|
|Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan||$3,900.12|
|Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman||$3,000.00|
|McKenna Long & Aldridge||$2,600.00|
|Morgan, Lewis & Bockius||$2,500.00|
|Winston & Strawn||$2,100.00|
|Munger, Tolles & Olson||$2,000.00|
|Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom||$2,000.00|