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Donors to Supreme Court justices and FairDistricts campaign overlap

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SaintPetersblog: Just two days before the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments over the legislative redistricting maps enacted by the Legislature, the law firm of Freidin & Dobrinsky donated the maximum allowable contribution of $500 to three Supreme Court justices, Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. The contributions from Freidin & Dobrinsky follow a pattern of major donors to the Fair Districts effort contributing heavily to the retention efforts of Justices Lewis, Pariente and Quince.

Why does that name Freidin of Freidin & Dobrinsky sound so familiar?

Because it’s the same last name of  Ellen Freidin, the chairwoman of Fair Districts Now, the organization that championed the  redistricting amendments at the heart of the issue that was before the Supreme Court on Feb. 29 — two days after the contributions were made to the Supreme Court justices...

...In fact, a review of the fundraising reports of Fair Districts Now and those of Justices Lewis, Pariente and Quince show considerable overlap in terms of who is donating to the redistricting effort and the justices who will determine the fate of the issue.

Donors who contributed as much as $30,250 to Justice Lewis, $31,250 to Justice Pariente and $31,650 to Justice Quince also contributed $314,188 to Fair Districts Now, which is not bound by the same campaign finance limitations as the justices’ retention efforts.

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:29pm]

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