August 14, 2019 News

ICYMI: VA House GOP Wasted $5 Million in Taxpayer Money Defending Racial Gerrymandering


by Democratic Party of Virginia

ICYMI: VA House GOP Wasted $5 Million in Taxpayer Money Defending Racial Gerrymandering 

new article in the Richmond-Times Dispatch reveals just how much taxpayer money Kirk Cox and the Virginia House GOP spent to defend district maps that were determined to be unfairly racially gerrymandered. The Speaker's office told the RTD that the House GOP paid its outside law firm, BakerHostetler, a little over $5 million to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court. It's clear where Virginia Republicans' priorities are. They spent $5 million to disenfranchise voters and couldn't even spend 90 minutes to keep Virginians safe from gun violence. KEY POINTS:

"The issue of attorneys' fees came up last year after a three-judge panel ruled that 11 of 12 House districts at issue in the case were unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. 

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Regardless of how the fee issue plays out, the litigation has already come at a sizable public cost. The House GOP has paid its outside law firm, BakerHostetler, a little over $5 million for its work on the case, according to the speaker's office."  Read the full article here

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