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Squire Patton PAC Resumes Donations After Post-Jan. 6 Freeze

June 30, 2022, 9:30 AM

Squire Patton Boggs, which suspended political action committee giving after the Jan. 6 US Capitol riot, has resumed making donations to federal candidates, election records show.

The firm donated to Reps. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and John Larson, D-Conn., according to Federal Election Commission filings. It also gave to Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Republican Jake Evans of Georgia, who have lost their primary races.

The firm resumed donations “to support candidates on both sides of the aisle who are aligned with the interests of our clients,” spokesman Angelo Kakolyris said in a statement. “Contributions will continue to be carefully evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”

Squire Patton, with a prominent lobbying practice in Washington, follows Big law firms such as Holland & Knight and Hogan Lovells in resuming donations after freezing them in 2021. Squire Patton last year resumed donations for non-federal candidates.

More than 75% of corporate PACs that paused donations following the Jan. 6 attack resumed contributions in 2021, according to a January survey from The Conference Board and the National Association of Business Political Action Committees.

Squire Patton was among the first firms to announce a freeze in PAC spending after Jan. 6. It said then it would review donation policies in lieu of “today’s political realities” though declined to discuss what if any changes it made before resuming donations in May.

The firm’s PAC gave $2,000 to Calvert, according to the FEC. He was among 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against the 2020 Electoral College certification.

It also made $2,500 donations to Larson, Rodney and Simpson, and a $1,000 donation to Evans.

The Squire Patton PAC ranked 12th among law firms in federal political donations during the 2020 election cycle, doling out more than $220,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The firm contributed about 65% of funds to Republicans and 35% to Democrats.

To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Wise at jwise@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com