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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.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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