Just today, both the New York Post and New York Daily News featured comments from LRANY Execuitve Director, Tom Stebbins, in response to the recent news that Speaker Sheldon Silver receives up to $750,000 of outside income annually from Weitz & Luxenberg.
In the Post Stebbins highlighted the fact that Silver hasn’t had a case in decades.
“Stebbins said he couldn’t find a single case Silver had litigated, outside his role as Assembly speaker, since 1989.
‘One has to wonder if this is a huge political contribution. How is he being paid if he is not in court?’ he said.”
While the Daily News had a strong focus on trial lawyer spending to prevent reform to limits on attorneys’ fees.
“’It tells me that the trial lawyers are concerned a number of their golden eggs may be reformed,’ said Tom Stebbins of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance.
Political action committees associated with the two lawyers’ organizations also contributed $500,085 to the campaigns of state lawmakers last year, Stebbins added.”