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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Massachusetts law firm reimbursed its partners for their political donations

A Massachusetts law firm has been accused of funneling funds to the Democrats through an massive and illegal straw-donor scheme.

A growing number of party politicians are now returning donations from Thornton Law after it was found that the firm's partners received bonuses that matched their political donations in what may be one of the largest schemes ever revealed.

An investigation found that partners donated nearly $1.6 million to mostly Democratic committees and candidates, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, from 2010 through 2014.

During that same period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as 'bonuses,' including more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations.

Some of them were supposedly reimbursed just 10 days after their money was sent to the party.

The small firm, which has 10 partners, reportedly also made donations to several other top Democrats including President Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Harry Reid, to name a few.

The donation reimbursement program was exposed by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team and the Center for Responsive Politics.

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