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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Politics | 1 comment

Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated money to Republican Governors Association in 2014

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I absolutely hate the phrase “it doesn’t pass the smell test,” so you know something smells bad if I say: this doesn’t pass the smell test.

Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher made its donation March 18.

If they were wise they would not have made any donation at all, and it stands to reason they’d balk given their payday from the governor’s probe. That would surely be seen by (almost) one and all as a conflict of interest — or worse. But:

The law firm’s California office appears to make regular contributions to the GOP group, which Christie has credited with helping him get elected in 2009. Many companies make annual contributions to the Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart to gain access to events the governors attend.

Gibson Dunn has not yet donated to the Democratic Governors Association this year and did not make contributions to the group in 2013 or 2012.

The donation was made 9 days before their report clearing Christie.

Hey, not donating to the Democrats and the timing of all this are probably just oversights and coincidences. Right?

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