How Democrats Get Filthy Rich

Plaintiffs in Google settlement get $95 each, lawyers pocket $35 million

July 21, 2023

What happened: A bunch of Democratic lawyers are getting rich after settling a class action lawsuit against Google.

•  The plaintiffs in the case, Illinois residents who can prove Google violated their privacy rights between 2015 and 2022, will receive about $95 each.

• Their lawyers will receive $35 million in fees.

Why it matters: The lawyers who worked on the Google case are Democratic donors, obviously. Lawyers love Democrats because Democrats favor policies that inevitably require the involvement of lots of highly compensated lawyers.

• Lawyers and law firms donated $254 million to Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, more than four times the amount they gave Republicans. That's a quarter of a billion dollars.

By the numbers: Collectively, the named attorneys have contributed thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and committees over the years, and $500 to Mitt Romney in 2012, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

• Tina Wolfson, Adhoot & Wolfson — donated more than $13,000 to Democratic candidates since 2016.

• Theodore Maya, Adhoot & Wolfson — donated to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

• Frank Hedin, Hedin Hall LLP — donated more than $11,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2020, including $2,800 to Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

• Scott Bursor, Bursor & Fischer — donated more than $12,000 to Democratic candidates since 2011.

• Katrina Carroll and Kyle Shamberg, Lynch Carpenter LLP — each gave $2,900 to Sen. John Fetterman (D., Pa.) in August 2022, after his stroke.

Bottom line: Lawyers are the worst. If you like them and think they should have more money, vote for Democrats.