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.


Filed under: Norm Coleman • NRSC
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Sounds good to me! Let them spend their funds on legal bills for idiots who lost elections or got caught with their hands in the cookie jar – less money to spend on 2010 campaigns!

    May 20, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Michael in Ventura,CA

    Fine. Let them continue to spend money on LOST CAUSES! The Party of NO will never change-they just don't get it!

    May 20, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. RUTY

    What a waste of money!

    May 20, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Allen

    You mean the middle class taxpayer is fronting the bill. I'm so glad that obama is looking out for the middle class taxpayer and all.

    May 20, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. henry

    $7500k,

    Fiscal responsibility.....Country first BS!

    May 20, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. God help us

    $750,000 that's what it took TEFLON MAN {BO} to get elected.

    Pretty Sad

    May 20, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Cool! Go ahead and throw your money away Republicans.

    Keep wasting it.

    May 20, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    They can spend all of their money if they want. He still won't win and a Repug is still not the POTUS.

    May 20, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. mike,texas

    They would spend a billion just to say no.

    May 20, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Tulsa

    @Allen May 20th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

    You mean the middle class taxpayer is fronting the bill. I'm so glad that obama is looking out for the middle class taxpayer and all.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No dummy, the NRSC is paying the tab. from donations to the organization. From REPUBLICANS.
    Dumb Republicans.

    May 20, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Sue

    "Totalitarian regimes have always come from the left." Sure, like Hitler and Mussolini? You better go back and re-read your high school history books phoenix86!

    May 20, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    E.C.Coleman May 20th, 2009 1:52 pm ET
    Problem is that Franken's cheering section consists of ONE PERSON…………HIMSELF!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    REALLY?????
    Why can't you republican idiots beat ONE GUY?

    May 20, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. LIP

    Everyone needs to throw in the towel and start all over again with a new election, to exclude the third party that caused this problem to begin with. First Coleman won the election, then Franken won it, therefore, it is a draw.
    The only fair outcome is a new election.

    May 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. KMAN

    Congratulations Mr. Coleman on your SECOND PLACE finish!

    May 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Allen who seems to be confused about who is paying the bill . . .

    Read the article before you comment, would you please? The RNC is fronting the bill. Tying that to President is rather pushing it don't you think. Last I understood, Mr. Obama is a democrat . . .

    May 20, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Michael Solock

    Do you think the Republican Party would be acting the same way if Coleman had more votes? As Republicans said to Democrats after the 2000 presidential election " you lost the election, move on and forget about it". That is exactly what the Republican Party should tell Coleman; it's over. When the Republicans win an election, they won. When the Republicans lose an election they still think they won. That rather childish thinking is why the Republican Party is in the sad shape it is in.

    May 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Barbara Independent in NY

    So far the Republican party has wasted $750,000 to keep Al Franken from being seated. And they want the American people to consider them to be more fiscally responsible than the Democrats? What a terrible waste of money. They could have made a donation to a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen and we might have started to consider them as being part of the human race.

    May 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. brenda

    What a waste of money!

    May 20, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Dave

    "phoenix86 May 20th, 2009 2:33 pm ET
    Lefty,
    You're an idiot. ................
    Totalitarian regimes have always come from the left."
    ##########
    phoe, you're the idiot. Ever hear of HItler, Mussolini, Tojo, Amin, etc. etc. All right wing fascist, nazi, "conservative" regimes. But I will admit that either extreme seems to meet up in the same place. I.e. a dictorship, plutocracy, oligarchy, monarchy, etc.

    May 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Doug, New Jersey

    There is not ONE republican on this planet who is half as evil as Al Franken. You can see the evil in his eyes, without knowing him his appearance alone tells you liberal Democrat.

    May 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    @phoenix86 May 20th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

    +++++++++++

    My God, your stupidity just staggers the mind.

    May 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Once again the Republican Party is trying to defy the will of the people by staging another coup (2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections)

    May 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    The more GOP wastes on Franken (and it is a waste, he will be seated) the less they have to spend on helping their candidates get elected in 2010. Way to go GOP, clear as mud thinking, as usuall.

    May 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    I'm not so BIG on Franken but he won the election and is constantly winning the appeals in court. The purpose of the continued appeals is to prevent Democrats getting a filibuster proof Senate and in so doing, this drawn out process is only serving to deny the citizens of Minnesota their legal representation in the Senate.

    It is sad that Republicans only agenda is their own continued existence when the majority have spoken out against them.

    May 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    Dave Evans from Virginia,

    I guess waht you said is true about Reagan then too, right? And Arnold, and Fred Thompson, and probably Gary Sinise.

    May 20, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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