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. Fla.

    Is this what's considered "fiscal conservative?" Give me a break–what a farce!

    The good people of MN are being denied their second US Senator, which is taxation without representation (literally).

    May 20, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Bill P in RI

    The Grand Obstructionist Party at its finest!

    May 20, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |


    No. World War III is when Pres Obama continues to bow down to terrorists and we're not paying proper attention and we're attacked.

    May 20, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. phoenix86


    You're an idiot. While you whine about republican rhetoric your liberal friends are taking away your civil liberties, all while you scream in their defense.

    Totalitarian regimes have always come from the left.

    May 20, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Democracy through the Courts

    Cornyn and his ilk just don't get it. One person one vote is what our constitution says. Not "one person one vote, unless your side doesn't win." Elections decided by a court–kangaroo or otherwise–is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

    May 20, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Anthony R. Seta

    Bring on WWIII then. It's time for Franken to be declared the winner and seated in the senate. This situation is unacceptable, and as others have noted – the GOP is being very hypocritical.

    A loss is a loss. The GOP has no right to affect current and pending votes in the senate solely for political gain. This is putting party politics above the better interests of the nation.

    May 20, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Leslie

    What's wrong with that? Obama paid a lawyer $ 600,000.00 to hide his birth ceritificate..which one is worse?

    May 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Dave Evans from Virginia

    Couldn't agree with you more, Kevin. Actors are clowns don't deserve to hold public office. Why, just look at all the damage that clown Regan did.

    May 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. reuel2803

    I feel sorry for this country. We are represented by people who comnplain about what others do while all the while doing it themselves. And to think I used to be a republican, but then I realized I didn,t fit in because I'm not politically bipolar.

    May 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter

    Ted wrote: 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.

    Actually, Ted, Ralph Nader got G W Bush elected. The republicans would not have had their big chance if it wasn't for him. Thanks a bunch, Ralph. Have a nice day!

    May 20, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Ursula

    This is proof that republicans will do anything and everything possible to bring this country to its knees. The court said to seat Franken and thats what should be done. It reminds me of what happened with Al Gore and those 3500 ballots that reappeared uncounted in May of 2008. Seat Franken and be done with it!

    May 20, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    What a waste of money. It's over Norm.

    May 20, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Dave

    Ha ha. The Republicans are devoid of new ideas and if this keeps up they will hopefully be devoid of money. Ummm.... well maybe not as long as we keep giving Wall Street Trillions.

    May 20, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Marissa

    Typical waste of money. I dont like Franken and voted for Obama. However Coleman lost , stop wasting money on fighting it buddy. We had to swallow it when Bush stole the election in 2000 and now the Republicans need to stop wasting time over Coleman

    May 20, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Rich white people playing their game at best at the exspend of the American people.

    May 20, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. randall

    750 thousand dollars!

    This amount be wasted on a case that probably will end up with Fraken being seated.

    How many families would that money feed and for how long?

    How much health care would that money cover?

    The protectionist will commit that much money for a lost cause... but will not accept the fact that money could have been used in a better way.

    God forgive them!


    May 20, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Common Sense 09

    Now I wonder how fast the republicans would try to conclude this race if the shoe was on the other foot??? Strange how they use double standards with everything not in their favor! Let it go because that seat is gone, so save that $750K!!!

    May 20, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    The election is over. Someone needs to make a ruling and make it official.
    Whine all you want right wingers about Al Franken but any party that seats John Cornyn, James Imofhe, Jim DeMint, and Saxby Chambliss as esteemed Senators doesn't have much room to complain.
    At this rate, even if you block Franken, the Democrats may just get Snowe, Collins, or someone else.

    May 20, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. John in Austin

    If Coleman really cared, he would have dropped out and asked the GOP to donate $750,000 to neighborhoods who need it for education, healthcare, and groceries!!

    Power to the People! Down with Republicans!!

    May 20, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. RepubliKLANs Are Plain STUPID

    and the republiKLANs talk of physical responsibility!....Wow, this is reckless and unwarranted use of donors cash to fund a defeated election!

    what a waste and a sore loser!!!

    May 20, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Gracie

    The GOP might was as well fork over the remaining $2.7 million AND it still will NOT seat Coleman as Minnesota's Senator. This LOSER LOST, end of story!!!

    Cornyn is a FOOL, it's ALRIGHT for the Republicans to DRAG their feet, but when it came to FLORIDA, they wanted BUSH declared President ASAP!

    This is proof that the Republicans motto is "Do as I say, NOT as I Do"..

    What a bunch of hypocrites.

    May 20, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Mississippi Mike

    Coleman won on election night and Franken won the re-count after mysteriously "lost" ballots were found in the janitors' closets and car trunks of poll workers in democrat leaning districts. The GOP can't just let this go, they need to fight it to the end and get Coleman seated.

    May 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. dreamer

    How many people could they have helped with that money,instead of thinking of one manw immage?sad day for sure.

    May 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Fantastic! Money well spent. Those lawyers have mortgages to pay. Franken is still going to be the Senator, however. And waiting another month or two is no big deal.

    May 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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