The Boston Globe reported last weekend that partners of a personal injury law firm in Boston were paid bonuses corresponding exactly to political contributions they made to Democrats.
This scheme appears to be completely illegal. People have gone to prison for doing this, but the firm appears to have taken that risk and tried to skew public policy to enrich themselves and their fellow trial lawyers.
Here's how the scheme worked: Personal injury lawyers at the Thornton Law Firm, which specializes in asbestos litigation, got full reimbursements within 10 days of contributing to Democratic Senate candidates who support laws that make it easier and more profitable to file lawsuits, and shield unethical trial lawyers from scrutiny.
This may not be the only law firm doing this, for many trial lawyers give generously to Democrats. Thornton just happened to be the one that the Globe and Center for Responsive Politics caught.