The WSJ has this discussion here
Rather, what's at issue is the fact that the civil action against Janssen is being prosecuted on behalf of the state by Bailey, Perrin & Bailey, a Houston law firm. And it turns out that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's Office of General Counsel was negotiating this potentially lucrative no-bid contingency fee contract with Bailey Perrin at the same time that the firm's founding partner, F. Kenneth Bailey, was making repeated campaign contributions totaling more than $90,000 to the Democratic Governor's 2006 re-election bid.
Janssen's motion seeks to invalidate the contingency-fee arrangement and lays out a detailed timeline of Mr. Bailey's political contributions and the subsequent actions of the Governor's office. Here it is in part:
- On February 23, 2006, Mr. Bailey contributed airplane travel valued at $9,200 to Governor Rendell's re-election campaign.
- On March 3, 2006, Mr. Bailey contributed $50,000 to the Rendell campaign.
- On May 12, 2006, Mr. Rendell's office submitted a "request of delegation" to the state Attorney General, a Republican, that would allow the Governor's office to handle the case against Janssen.
- On May 24, 2006, the request was granted.
- On June 30, 2006, Mr. Bailey contributed $25,000 to the Democratic Governors Association (which gave Mr. Rendell more than $1 million for his campaign in 2006).
- On August 14, 2006, Mr. Bailey signed a no-bid contingency-fee contract with the state.
- On September 15, 2006, Mr. Bailey contributed airplane travel valued at $6,900 to Mr. Rendell's campaign.
- On October 23, 2006, the Governor's Office of General Counsel mailed the contingency fee contract to Mr. Bailey.
- On October 30, Mr. Bailey contributed another $25,000 to Mr. Rendell's campaign.
- On February 26, 2007, Bailey Perrin filed the initial complaint against Janssen on behalf of the state. . . . .
Labels: CampaignFinanceRegulation, Corruption