Firm that has donated to Husted’s campaign lands work defending his office
COLUMBUS – According to public records of legal bills filed by private firms retained to represent the Ohio Secretary of State’s office during Husted’s tenure shows that firms have made over $400,000.00 defending Husted’s office against legal challenges to Husted’s actions as Secretary of State. In 2013, the State of Ohio paid the Wiley Rein law firm $285,902.50 to unsuccessfully defend Jon Husted’s attempt to cut early voting in Ohio before the 2012 general election alone.
Ohio also paid Bricker & Eckler over $100,000.00 to also represent the office in the Obama for America v. Husted as well as the Lieberman v. Husted case. Since 2010, Brickler & Eckler have donated $8,000.00 to Husted’s campaign, according to his campaign finance reports.
In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“Jon Husted’s illegal and unconstitutional campaign against the early voting rights of Ohioans have cost taxpayers over $400,000 in legal fees in lawsuits that, thankfully, Husted largely lost. Not surprisingly, under Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, some of this legal work was assigned to firms that donated to Husted’s campaign. Instead needlessly costing Ohio taxpayers money in fighting unconstitutional schemes to deny taxpayers the ability to vote, Ohioans need a Secretary of State who will vigorously defend the right to vote, like State Senator Nina Turner.”