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Jones Day’s D.C. office will host a Sept. 18 homeland security-centered fund-raiser for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton. The firm itself does not endorse political candidates, but a group of its attorneys are avid Clinton supporters. Partner Kevyn Orr, for instance, is a chairman of the event, and Federal Election Commission records show that he’s donated $1,000 to her campaign. But the $1,000-a-pop luncheon is attracting criticism from leading bloggers on sites such as Daily Kos and ABC News’ The Blotter. They say the homeland security theme makes the event’s timing (a week after Sept. 11) seem opportunistic. They also charge that it gives moneyed interests a suspicious amount of access to lawmakers — after lunch, attendees will have the chance to participate in “breakout sessions” led by Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee. But the New York Democrat’s choice of locale likely has little to do with the firm itself. Jones Day no longer lobbies, and even when it did, homeland security was not an issue it pushed. Nor is the firm a Democratic stronghold. It has counted the Republican National Committee as a client and boasts many ex-GOP political appointees as partners, including managing partner Stephen Brogan. Instead, the office’s prime location and view of the Capitol make it a popular spot for big events. And in the spirit of equal time, Clinton’s main opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), has visited twice. Indeed, FEC reports reveal that many more Jones Day attorneys have donated to Obama’s campaign than to Clinton’s, including partner Laura Parcher, who is listed as a host of the event.
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