The latest financial reports filed with Florida Department of State show that the PAC tied to Nikki Fried – Florida Consumers First – paid $25,755 to the law firm Perkins Coie, LLP.
According to campaign documents, the expenses were paid in two separate transactions recorded on May 11th and May 27th and were identified as “legal services”.
Expenditure from Florida Consumers First PAC
Perkins Coie, LLP is an international law firm founded in 1912 and located in Seattle, Washington with 20 offices in the United States, China, and Taiwan. In addition to corporate representation, the firm has represented political clients Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
This is the same law firm hired by former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in response to a federal investigation into Gillum’s PAC Forward Florida. The PAC spent approximately $225,000 with the law firm. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the escalating legal bills reflected the costs of complying with a sprawling federal grand jury subpoena issued to Forward Florida in 2019.
A search of the Florida Department of State Campaign fiance database shows that Fried and Gillum are the only notable politicians to hire the Perkins Coie law firm.