May 20th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP pays $750,000 in Coleman legal bills

The NRSC is paying $750,000 in legal bills on behalf of Norm Coleman.

The NRSC is paying $750,000 in legal bills on behalf of Norm Coleman.

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is picking up the tab on former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's legal bills, to the tune of $750,000, a Republican official confirms to CNN.

Coleman remains locked in a months-long court battle with Democrat Al Franken, after the Election Day result failed to yield a clear winner. In April, a three-judge panel ruled Franken should be declared the winner with a margin of 312 votes, a ruling Coleman is appealing to the state's Supreme Court.

The $750,000 tab is no small check for the NRSC to write, which ended the first quarter of this year with $2.27 million cash on hand and $1 million in debt. But the organization remains firmly behind Coleman, who alone stands between Democrats and their hopes of achieving a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

NRSC Chairman John Cornyn has said Coleman's challenge could go through federal courts and take "years" to resolve. He also threatened "World War III" if Democrats try to seat Franken prematurely.


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Money well spent to keep that clown Franken from becoming the 60th vote.

    May 20, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Jimmy McTimmy

    I'm sure the republicans would have been very eager to seat Coleman if the situations were reversed, and cried foul if democrats put up the kind of resistance they do. Shoe, meet other foot.

    May 20, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. AKsteve

    Trying to steal/buy another election. Republicans are so predictable it is laughable.

    May 20, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Susan in SC

    What a HUGE waste of money! Coleman should have done what he wanted Franken to do... admit defeat and step aside. What a farce!

    May 20, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. rob

    what a big waste of money

    May 20, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Enough

    Who cares, why is this news? The Dems will take anyone, they want that clown Franken. Votes mysteriously appeard all in Frankens favor. Corruption is a hard thing to fight against. Just look at Acorn!

    May 20, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    The GOP just wasted $750,000 by trying to overturn the decision of the voters in the courts.
    Why does the GOP support frivilous lawsuits? Once again the GOP puts political power ahead of principle.
    The GOP doesn't want Minnesota to have 2 Senators. John Cornyn has disgraced himself and his party, and should resign.

    May 20, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. In Houston, TX

    The state of Minnesota is not adequately represented in Congress thaks to the efforts of the Republican National Party, where winning IS everything!
    This move by the GOP lets you know what truly matters to them.

    May 20, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Joe

    Just made another bag of popcorn to watch the comedy "The Republician Party".

    Best comedy show ever !

    May 20, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Royster

    To recoup this money, why don't they have a roast for Norm Coleman on Comedy Central hosted by...........Al Franken!
    Also note, GOP threatens WWIII if they don't get 'their' way.
    Perhaps the GOP should pass a resolution to rename themselves The Grand Old Dictorial Party. That way the initials would include 'god'. Nuff said.

    May 20, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Tulsa

    This is what the Republican party has become.
    OBSTRUCTIONIST.
    Cornyn wants it to take "YEARS" to clear up. That time, by the way, MN is not fully represented in Congress. How do you Minnesotans feel about that?
    Thanks Republican party. You will bring about your own downfall.

    May 20, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. WhoCares?

    Of course they are. By preventing Minnesota voters their rightly elected Senator he is both giving the finger to all of Minnesota and is preventing Franken from being seated.

    Remember folks....COUNTY FIRST!!

    May 20, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. JT

    Coleman is yet another Republican that is badly tainting the rapidly shrinking party of 'no'.

    'No' wonder the GOP is dissolving before our very eyes.

    May 20, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Adam J

    This is absurd. Didn't Sen. Colman say that Franken should forego any legal challenge for the good of the people?

    May 20, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Ab-Surd

    Haven't we had enough of these Career Politicians ruining our country? We need term limits ASAP.

    May 20, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Tax money for infrastructure bad, after-tax income for someone else's legal bills good?

    GOPer logic lesson #2:

    Step 1: Open wallet.

    Step 2: Hand all money to political party.

    Step 3: Get angry when you realize you're low on cash.

    Step 4: Blame the government and complain about where your tax money is going.

    Step 5: Return to Step 1.

    May 20, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. richard miller

    Poor losers. It is time to stop threatening the country Mr. Cornyn.

    May 20, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. beevee

    Shame on GOP to drag on this and denying voter verdict. I hope Minnesotans can see through the mentality of GOP in making future party choices.

    May 20, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. lefty

    World War III. I hope Americans are listening loud and clear. This is what your republican party is threatening. I have always stood by my assumption that the next terroristic attack against this country would be from the right wing of the republican party, as soon as President Obama was elected. This confirms my suspicions, and if words mean anything, he just hit the nail on the head.

    May 20, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. SENSIBLE MIKE

    doesn't matter much anyways. They're going to show socialist healthcare down our throats and destroy the coverage for 160 million americans thanks to budget reconciliation. Its amazing more hasn't been said about that. Oh CNN!!

    May 20, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Last week there was a story on the ticker which said that there were many THOUSANDS of military absentee ballots which were not counted. Granted, only a portion of those were from service men and women from Minnesota, but given this information and the margin of 312 votes, I don't blame Coleman one bit for contesting this election. Don't disenfranchise our military personnel.

    May 20, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Ted

    The Republicans are basically saying that the people and their votes don't count. Same thing as in 2000 when the popular vote elected Al Gore and the Republicans worked their mysterious ways and got GW Bush elected. Imagine the world now if Al Gore had been president, not the dictator in chief Bush.

    Republicans need to get over themselves and allow the rightful pick, Al Franken, to be seated. The Republicans are thinking of themselves and not the citizens of Minnesota, a small majority of which, elected Al Franken.

    This tactic by Norm Coleman is unbelievable and he has the rest of the miscreants of the GOP playing along.

    May 20, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. E.C.Coleman

    Problem is that Franken's cheering section consists of ONE PERSON............HIMSELF!

    May 20, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Chris Sutton

    How ironic that when Bush V. Gore was contested, the GOP said, let's move on. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they're fighting tooth and nail and delaying and denying the good people of Minnasota the rightfully elected senator.
    GOP- Grand Obsolete Party

    May 20, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Unsilent Majority

    World War III? I had thought Republicans declared war on the middle class years ago – they are just now getting around to announcing it?

    This is going to come back and bite them on 2012. Absolutly no doubts about it.

    May 20, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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