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Lawyers and law firms are now evenly split in their campaign contributions to Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Senator Hillary Clinton, D-NY, with each presidential candidate receiving more than $15 million from the legal industry through the end of March, according to data released last week by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington organization that tracks federal elections. The data is based on figures collected by the Federal Election Commission. Clinton, who has maintained a significant lead in contributions from lawyers and law firms since the start of the election cycle, has received about $15.4 million from that group, raising 6% more during the month of March. DLA Piper, whose lawyers make up her largest contributor with $505,200 in donations, added little to her campaign during that period. Obama, on the other hand, has raised more than $15 million from lawyers and law firms, a nearly 13% increase for the same period. His largest contributors continue to be from Sidley Austin and New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Door and Latham & Watkins bumped up their giving to about $215,000 and $200,000, respectively. The legal industry makes up the largest contributor to the campaigns of both Democratic candidates. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., while raising far fewer dollars from lawyers and law firms, saw the greatest percentage increase in donations during the month of March. During that period, he raised more than $4.2 million from lawyers and law firms, an increase of 20%.

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