John Edwards spent yesterday in Texas, raising money from a very predictable source, Ken Herman reports:
After the rally, Edwards went behind closed doors at the home of John O’Quinn, one of the state’s most prominent trial lawyers, for the fund-raising portion of his Texas swing….O’Quinn is among the nation’s top Democratic donors. His law firm was one of five sharing $3.3 billion in fees for representing the state in the tobacco litigation that produced a $17.3-billion settlement for Texas.
Trial lawyers, including many in Texas, have been the most dependable source of campaign cash for Edwards’ bid for the Democratic nomination, providing almost $4 million of the $14 million he has raised. Fred Baron of Dallas, also one of Texas’ most prominent trial lawyers, is Edwards’ national finance chairman.