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. Paul from Phoenix

    And I am sure the DRCC is picking up Franken's tab. Why would you not follow-up with that before writing this?

    May 20, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Richard Robelotto

    Keew the fight going–after all who cares if the people of Minnesota only have one Senator–certainly not the Republicans!

    May 20, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. John

    There's little chance Coleman's gonna pull this one out. So why are they throwing money on this? Simple, they're just trying to delay the inevitable hoping something else will come along to smite the "evil" democrats before this is through.

    May 20, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Randi L.

    After the Minnesota Supreme Court rules, the winner should be seated in the Senate. If the loser wants to spend millions of dollars and litigate for years in federal court then by all means go ahead and do it while Minnesota has two senators.

    If the Republicans want WWIII, then by all means Democrats should take the fight to them after the highest court in Minnesota determines the winner. Kinda hard to threaten WWIII anyway when the GOP holds only 40 senate seats.

    May 20, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Bubba

    Think of what $750,000 could have done to help people in need. Mr. Coleman's efforts to keep Minnesota under represented in the Senate, makes him a bigger comedian than Al Franken.

    May 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Come on Coleman, you hypocrite! Listen to your own advice so arrogantly gave Franken when he was down by a couple of hundred votes – concede with dignity. Too late for the dignity part, but you could save the Repubs some of their precious cash and do the right thing – quit now! Go back to Brooklyn, NY.

    May 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Marcus

    I can't believe this is still in the news. You lost.

    May 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Jayden,FL

    HAHA and Franken WON just give up already False Teeth Norm

    May 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Frank, Las Vegas

    The GOP will do anything to prevent MN from having 2 senators. They don't care about the people at all, it's always party first, screw the people. The GOP has to accept it, Coleman LOST. The New GOP, the party of idiots.

    May 20, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. David

    Instead of wasting all this money, and tying up the courts, why not have both men "resign" or have the Senate declare the seat "vacant" and then hold a special election--let the people decide, not the courts or politicians! It's called "Democracy".

    May 20, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Peejay

    Good to know the party of fiscal responsibility continues to act as such. Also, can Republicans just not be happy unless they're starting a war of some sort?

    May 20, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    I hope they go broke over paying this guys legal fees. I guess than Minn willnever have a senator that reprents them.

    May 20, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Dallas Independent - thank goodness

    Al Franken is such a joke! Everytime I see his name, the image of him in a diaper with a pacifier comes into my mind and that is one horrible image. The man is absolutely stupid.

    May 20, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    The hypocrites in the Rethugrican Party are determined to drag out seating the winner – Al Franken – as long as possible!

    Exactly, the opposite of what they were arguing in Bush V. Gore in 2000.

    What a bunch of disingenuous hypocritical thugs!


    May 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. mtv

    WOW 750K for much could that money could have been used for a school suffering due to the economy...........vs 1 man fighting for a a bunch of losers................and let me guess............that 750k is tax payers money

    May 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom

    The cost of stealing an election= priceless.

    May 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The GOP could have spent that money better if Colman quit a while back. There is no need for him to continue to fight. It only prolongs his agony.

    May 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Nathan

    This money is spent to keep the people of Minnesota from being represented adequately in the senate. The Republicans don't care abot the rights of others. They are as anti American as they come. They like to dress themselves up in the flag but they don't about nor trust the ideals America was created on.

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Patsy Madison, TN

    This behavior of Coleman and the GOP is typical of how dirty they play, and that they have a yellow mean streak right down the middle of their backs. Coleman, your 15 minutes are up.

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Ralph

    Coleman lost, just as McCain lost. Get over it Republicans. Let's move on and get to the business of governing.

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Bring on WWIII you cynical bastards!!

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Matt

    A joke! I hope the people of Minnesota vote out all republicans for this BS!

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. donna

    Why dont they just run another election and be done with it. I t would probably be cheaper in the long run. This is getting ridiculous!!

    May 20, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Dizzy in PA

    Are they crazy? Time to give it up, already.
    How do the people of Minnesota feel, knowing Coleman and the GOP plan to take "years" to resolve this and allow them representation?
    How do contributors feel knowing this is how their money is being spent, and also knowing this $750,000 is just the beginning of the red ink?

    May 20, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. John in Ohio

    If Republicans want to throw their money away before the midterm elections, they can go right ahead.

    Also, this further reminds Minnesotans that Republicans want to deny them their full 2 Senator representation in Congress. Poor Pawlenty.

    Coleman and the GOP are going to help turn Minnesota deep blue for generations.

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