Some Politicians Agree to Return Donations from Boston Asbestos Plaintiffs' Firm; Others Await Results of Investigation

November 04, 2016

A federal investigation into the Boston-based Thornton Law Firm is officially underway for allegedly systematically paying ‘bonuses’ to partners that matched their campaign donations to lawsuit-friendly politicians. Since the Boston Globe broke the story, at least 21 politicians have said they would return or give away “more than $600,000 in donations.”

After initially refusing to return her campaign donations, Elizabeth Warren reversed course and said that she, too, will return Thornton contributions according to the Boston Globe.

Senator Lindsey Graham is reportedly the only Republican politician to have received donations from the Thornton Law Firm, reports Palmetto Business Daily. Graham, who received $62,800 from Thornton over a 10-year span, announced he will return the contributions if the donations are found to be illegal.