Monday, August 02, 2010

Judge with financial ties to Cuccinelli rules in favor of health reform challenge

A federal judge who owns stock in a Republican campaign consulting company that has received payments from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other Republicans has ruled in favor of allowing Cuccinelli's controversial politically motivated challenge to federal health reform proceed.

This past Friday, it was revealed that District Judge Henry E. Hudson had received direct financial benefits from his relationship with a Republican campaign consulting firm that provided paid services to Ken Cuccinelli:
From 2003 through 2008, Hudson has been receiving "dividends" from Campaign Solutions Inc., among other investments. In 2008, he reported income of between $5,000 and $15,000 from the firm. (Data from 2009 was not available at the Judicial Watch database.)

A powerhouse Republican online communications firm, Campaign Solutions, has done work for a host of prominent Republican clients and health care reform critics, including the RNC and NRCC (both of which have called, to varying degrees, for health care reform's repeal). The president of the firm, Becki Donatelli, is the wife of longtime GOP hand Frank Donatelli, and is an adviser toformer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, among others.

Another firm client is Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia and the man who is bringing the lawsuit in front of Hudson's court. In 2010, records show, Cuccinelli spent nearly $9,000 for Campaign Solutions services.
In other news, the sun came up this morning.

Read more about Hudson's conflict of interest here.

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