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Republican lawyers in Washington hosted a fund-raiser last week for Georgia Supreme Court candidate J. Michael Wiggins. On Sept. 26 former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr and former Solicitor General Theodore Olson headlined the fund-raiser at the University Club in downtown Washington, according to a campaign spokesman. Wiggins, a former Justice Department lawyer, is currently battling Presiding Justice Carol Hunstein for the state judgeship. Wiggins’ D.C. reception capitalized on his contacts made in the Bush administration, as he worked at Justice from 2001 to 2005 and at the Department of Homeland Security for about nine months. Olson was the U.S. solicitor general while Wiggins held key positions in the DOJ’s Civil Division. Last week, Wiggins said he had worked with Starr on a matter in which Wiggins had represented BellSouth Corp. Starr, now with Kirkland & Ellis, and Olson, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, could not be reached for comment. According to Wiggins’ campaign, other hosts included Charles Cooper, who worked in the the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the Office of Legal Counsel during the Reagan administration, and Makan Delrahim, former deputy assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division under the current administration and chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee when it was chaired by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Alyson M. Palmer is a reporter for the Fulton County Daily Report, an ALM publication where a version of this article first appeared.

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