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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

French Hill runs a legal tab at wife's firm

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

click to enlarge FRENCH HILL: Old car, first-rate legal help.
  • FRENCH HILL: Old car, first-rate legal help.
Interesting tidbit gleaned from federal congressional campaign filings:

French Hill, the Republican running for 2nd District Congress, reports spending more than $14,800 since January on legal expenses with Little Rock's Mitchell Williams law firm. Hill's wife, Martha, is a lawyer at the firm, one of the state's biggest. Monthly charges ranged from $235 in June to more than $4,000 in March.

I inquired about the purpose because other congressional campaigns seem to have avoided a need for legal fees this year. Among other Arkansas congressional candidates, a search turned up only one other legal expense by a Democrat or Republican congressional candidate in the first half of the year, $749 by Rick Crawford, the 1st District GOP congressman, who paid a D.C. firm.

Hill's spokesperson, Jack Sisson, responded:

Mitchell Williams is one of the most experienced law firms in Arkansas. We use them for legal compliance purposes and general advice on things such as the lease for our campaign headquarters. Derrick Smith is our attorney there.

OK, then. Old Volvo. Cadillac legal representation.

Given some difficulties other candidates have experienced — think Hill's primary opponent Ann Clemmer and her financial mess — you also could argue for an extra dose of caution.

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