Who Is Paying Burton’s Legal Fees?
When it was announced that Sen. Terry Burton, Chairman of the Legislative Reapportionment Committee, was planning to intervene in the NAACP lawsuit hoping to force a court to draw new legislative lines by this November, one of the first questions asked was who is paying for the legal fees involved with this.
Here are a couple things we have learned; some facts, some speculation. Fees are being paid by a third-party, not taxpayers. Just whom may that be? I have learned no one in the business community is involved. You may remember, business was a key player involved with the behind-the-scenes work in convincing Republicans in both chamber’s to oppose the House plan.
The group I have heard who was teaming up with Burton is the Hospital Association. They were some of the strongest proponents of the House maps, and have been with Democrats on this issue throughout the entire process. Which is essentially the same position Burton has held throughout as well.