May 20th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
11 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. NOT AS SENSIBLE MIKE

    Who's goona SHOW "socialist" healthcare down our throats? And who shoved "socialist" police officers, firemen, and public school down our throats? Those dern socialists!

    May 20, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    It's long overdue – seat the jerk Franken and move on.

    One more clown will make it a perfect 100!

    Oh yes, here's a quarter – call someone who cares!

    May 20, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Dan in NY

    I'm a Democrat. I'm also not sure if Al Franken is the best person for the job, and I don't think there will be a lock on blocking a fillibuster once he's seated. What I do know is that all the numbers show that Franken won in a squeaker, and he won based on Coleman's own challenges. The people of Minnesota deserve 2 full time attentive Senators, not years of legal wrangling while they battle this in court. The GOP should move on, chalk up this loss, and focus on rebuilding. All this does his hold them back in the past, a time which they all want to move away from.

    May 20, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Craig- Easton, PA

    Good to see such patriotic concern for the country and Minnesota in particular that they would be willing to keep the state unrepresented for "years". Even Richard Nixon had more concern for his country when he conceded to Kennedy in 1960 depsite serious irregularities in Chicago and Texas. No shame any more.

    May 20, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. arun

    What a farcical party the Republicans have become.

    May 20, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. cat

    Coleman the LOSER...That is why i am not giving any money to the Republican party. We really really need new republican Leaders who know how to play a fair game. If you lose than STEP DOWN.

    May 20, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Dean

    I'm just outraged that the Grand OBSTRUCTIONIST Party can't keep their nose out of this. Coleman Lost get over it. for that matter so did McCain and Palin. You all had eight long years in power and it's over sit down & shut up all of you.

    May 20, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Eleanor

    Just proves what I have always said...GOP = Fascism!

    This is a DEMOCRACY! Rule by the will of the people...not a political party.

    Day by day, the Repugnants seem to have a great deal in common with the political terrorism of a Robert Mgabe, or some other third world dictatorship!

    May 20, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. NOT AS SENSIBLE MIKE

    I think conservatives believe that if you use a word in the wrong context enough, you can effectively change the definition. As how they're convinced "socialism" is an extra two percent raise in taxes. Or how the bank bailout is "socialist" and entirely Obama's policies, even though the first 750 billion was maddated by President Bush.

    See also "Advanced Interrogation Techniques" formerly "torture."

    May 20, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Fla.

    Party first, right? Right? Or is it still Party of NO to the will of voters?! Nonsensical WASTE of money, GOP!

    May 20, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Linda from Minnesota

    Being a Minnesotan, I wish Norm Coleman would do the honorable thing and rescind his appeal to the MN Supreme Court. We want this to be over and we want to be represented by two senators. Norm lost and needs to go away.

    For those of you who think Franken is a clown you couldn't be more wrong. He is highly intelligent and highly educated. Listen to what he has to say sometime instead of thinking of him as the Franken you know from Saturday Night Live.

    May 20, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Tim

    Just like the Republicans to refuse to admit defeat, even at the expense of their contributors.

    May 20, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Nika

    I will personally walk to DC and help her pack!

    May 20, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. No Vaseline

    Yo ReTHUGlicans, this is why your irrelevant. You should change your name to the FASCIST party. Denying a state their representation based on your pathetic political goals is just idiotic. Go back into your hole, your worthless!

    May 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    @Fair is Fair May 20th, 2009 1:51 pm ET
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Do you remember from that story who wanted all those votes to be counted and who is fighting to make overseas absentee balots from service men and women easier to use?

    That's right, DEMOCRATS. It's the REPUBLICANS who don't want balots to be counted.

    May 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. lefty loosy

    What happened to the democrats chant of "lets count all the votes"
    Or do they only sing that when they are not winning.

    May 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. TTBALA

    This @enough and Kevin in Ohio, you guys have the nerve to complain about corruption, and caling names like clown, if you do, just take a look at the past 8 years, thanks to you and the likes of you who voted twice for the clowns and the corrupted bunch who distroyed this great county, and now you are complaining, if I was a repub and had voted twice to the past clowns, I would be so ashamed of myself enough to keep my mouth shut. Think you guys can do that and let us work in pulling this great country out of the ruins that you put it in.

    May 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. dittohead using many names

    Can you guess my identity?Am a stupid 15 yr.old sitting in my parents cellar posting stupid comments 24/7,while I listen to my heros on AM radio or am I a paid blogger,working for the Heritage Foundation?

    May 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Guy

    Threatening WWIII?

    Threatening war?

    Isn't that treason?

    Between him and that goof in Texas, these koolaid drinking people are nothing but traitors. Instead of taking their beatdowns like men and improving their party for the better, they threaten war or secession. What a joke...

    May 20, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Tulsa

    @Enough May 20th, 2009 1:40 pm ET
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    We don't need to look at ACORN. There's a much larger entity who has been in the election rigging business as long as I can remember. It's called the Republican party.

    May 20, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. alvino

    Money well spent? $750,000 for a clown to perform in Minnesota, and its not even for a birthday party. The republicans have no problem destroying democracy by putting the GOP interests ahead of country.

    May 20, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Brian

    Need any more evidence that Coleman is a servant of the party, not the people?

    May 20, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Lia

    Solution = revote. A county cannot have more vote than voters.

    So CNN....how much has the DNC spent on Franken. Fair reporting?

    It's ridiculous what is being spent not only on the legal fees, but the time wasted in court.

    May 20, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. james

    I wonder what would happen if another Republican jumped party. More than likely, knowing Republicans, they would cut the cord with poor Coleman. He will have that big scarlet letter on his forehead rest of his life. You know, the big L.

    May 20, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Bev - NYC

    Glad to hear it, hire a few more lawyers so the Supreme Court can tell you what any one year old knows, COLEMAN LOST!!! Either way this spending means less in the bank for 2010 elections. By the time their coffers are re-built Sarah Palin will be running for President and a new wardrobe will be needed for the Primary and GE.

    As an aside the GOP must have understanding creditors, how can you spend this kind of money while having a million in debt.
    Yes sir, they sure are the party of fiscal responsibility.

    May 20, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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