Attorneys on Both Sides of ESD Lawsuit Contributed to Judge Benson’s Campaign

Several commenters (online and in-person) have alluded to the idea that ESD added State Sen. Royce West to their defense team because he was buddy-buddy with Judge D’Metria Benson.

I decided to do a little digging on this theory. Here’s what I’ve found. West has not contributed a dime to Benson’s campaigns for county judge according to campaign finance records dating back to 2007. However, he did endorse Benson in her 2006 re-election campaign.

Perhaps a more interesting factiod is that the following attorneys/law firms involved in the civil lawsuit against ESD have contributed funds:

1. Charla Aldous, $500, 2/23/11

2. Chrysta Castaneda, $100, 10/6/10

3. Lisa Blue Baron, $2,000, 10/13/10

4. Locke, Lord Bissell & Liddell, $500, 5/4/10

5. Stephen Malouf, $1,000, 7/6/09

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