The largest legal expense in the Donald Trump campaign is not a big name Washington or New York legal outfit, but a little known Beverly Hills law firm – but why?
Harder LLP has been taking the lion’s share of Trump’s legal expenditure with a $2 million payout in the past two years and more to come as it plays the Trump playbook of attacking media outlets.
Harder’s lead partner, Charles Harder, is perhaps best known for attacking and destroying the website Gawker, but it continues with letters sent to newsrooms that allege defamation, including the recently announced lawsuit against the New York Times over an opinion piece about the Russia scandal.
A CNN report Friday said that Harder’s work for the Trump campaign mirrors the President’s affinity for loudly and publicly slamming news outlets. And it suggests more active efforts to take on the media will be part of the Trump campaign’s reelection playbook.
Trump stood by his latest lawsuit Wednesday, CNN reported.
“They did a bad thing,” Trump said of the NY Times lawsuit. And he indicated that Harder may come some more.
“And there will be more coming.”
Most often, campaigns hire trial lawyers to defend them if the candidates get sued before an election, or in the case of recounts, but the use of Harder indicates Trump is taking a more offensive approach, which suits the aggressive attorney.
.”Is it permissible to pay a firm like Harder to file lawsuits against The New York Times like they did on behalf of the campaign? It’s permissible under the rules — but it is unusual,” said Matthew Sanderson, a Washington political law expert who has advised presidential campaigns for John McCain, Rick Perry and Rand Paul.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that before.”The growth in Harder’s campaign work is clear in Federal Election Commission disclosures. The Trump campaign started paying Harder LLP for legal consulting in 2018, according to FEC records. The campaign paid him roughly $218,000 that year.
But in 2019 and 2020, the campaign’s payments to Harder grew exponentially with the firm taking in nearly $1.7 million from the Trump campaign in 2019 and another $330,000 in January 2020.
The use of litigation as an election strategy may be unusual, but so too is much about Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Latest LawFuel News
- A Presidential Pardon May Not Be Enough For Steve BannonIt appears a presidential reprieve is not going to get Steve Bannon out of hot water. Reports […] More
- Divorce #3 For Kim Kardashian But She’s Not Going To Use Her Kanye West Case As Her FirstIt could have been aspiring lawyer Kim Kardashian’s first case – her third divorce, this time from […] More
- Clifford Chance: Corporate Lessons Learned From COVIDClifford Chance – Businesses are experiencing unprecedented challenges and, in some cases, new opportunities as a result […] More
- “Staggering” Extent of North Korean Hacking Operation Leads to 3 Arrests Over CyberattacksIndictment Expands 2018 Case that Detailed Attack on Sony Pictures and Creation of WannaCry Ransomware by Adding […] More
- Fox-Batting Barrister Blacklisted, He SaysLondon Barrister Jolyon Maugham hit the social media headlines for killing a fox with a baseball bat […] More
- Trump’s Historic Repudiation – Despite No ConvictionFrom Bloomberg.com – Seven Republicans joined every Senate Democrat to convict Donald Trump at his second impeachment […] More
- Valentines Day Will Be All Kim No Kanye This Year – But TV Will Let Us Share Her Legal & Divorce JourneysThe Bar Exam and Divorce Loom Valentines Day for Kim Kardashian, the ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ […] More
- The Lawyer And The Zoom Cat Filter Mishap – “I’m not a cat”, he saysZoom has been the big boom for the pandemic, but a recent Zoom filter mishap with a […] More
- Attorney Arrested For Multimillion Dollar Investment Fraud SchemeAttorney allegedly spent investors’ money on himself and his family, and to pay some investors in Ponzi-like […] More
- Is David Boies Looking At Stemming The Tide of Departures?The departures from leading legal boutique Boies Schiller Flexner have been significant, after more than 60 partners […] More