The Democratic Party Pooper

Obama bundler, Super PAC attorney Stuart Grant sues party crashers, Wal-Mart

Stuart Grant / Grant & Eisenhofer
September 14, 2012

One of President Barack Obama’s favorite ploys on the campaign trail is to buy rally-goers beers—but one of his biggest bundlers seems more comfortable suing beer drinkers.

Stuart Grant is a high-powered attorney in Delaware and a bundler for Obama’s reelection campaign. He has pledged to raise between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s reelection.

Grant’s law firm also donated $60,000 to Obama’s Priorities USA Super PAC in July. He has donated $328,830 to Democratic candidates since 2007, the Center for Responsive Politics reports. His wife, Suzanne, has donated $247,950.

He hosted a New Latino Movement fundraiser for Obama’s campaign in May. The event was billed as a "Lunch with Vice President Biden." A ticket to the event cost $2,500, lunch included. To get "lunch & photo," the price doubled.

These prices are far from the average Democratic donations: Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina reported that the average donation to the campaign was just $58.

Grant’s family lives an above-average lifestyle, as well. His family has their own "Personal Assistant," according to LinkedIn. They live in a house valued at nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, official records show.

Grant’s daughter, Nicole, threw a party at her parents’ house in Wilmington, where teenage partygoers reportedly were offered beer in 2010.

The party spun out of control, with attendees filching about $500 in coins, electronics, and "household items." The partygoers allegedly also stole prescription drugs, then crushed and snorted them.

Instead of picking up the pieces and forgetting the incident, Grant launched a more unconventional cleanup operation: He hired a private investigator and sued the partiers for $36,000, prompting Business Insider to run the headline, "Tips For Teens: If You Go Wild At Party Of Powerhouse Attorney, He Will Sue.

Grant’s corporate bio says that he has "extensive knowledge" of "Delaware corporate law, fiduciary responsibility … and other matters related to protecting and promoting the rights of institutional investors."

He is so respected in this legal area that the Wall Street Journal interviewed him about shareholder lawsuits. In the interview he bemoaned the existence of rushed lawsuits, calling them "garbage."

Earlier this year a Delaware judge chided Grant for rushing to sue Wal-Mart. Judge Leo Strine "said attorneys for the California and New York pension systems seemed more interested in competing with each other in a ‘first-file Olympics’ by raising sloppy complaints based on media reports than doing their homework and doing right by investors," the Associated Press reported.

Undeterred, Grant is now representing an Indiana pension fund against Wal-Mart over the same bribery charges.

Grant did not return request for comment.