Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is living up to his legal approach, dubbed the “Buddy System,” as Caldwell has just filed another lawsuit with help from his campaign supporters.
Campaign finance research conducted by the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) shows that 5 of the 7 firms Caldwell has used to help file his new lawsuit donated to him since 2007. Here are the legal firms and their contributions to Caldwell:
Shows Cali & Walsh LLP – $15,000
Salim-Beasley LLc – $6,000
Morrow Morrow Ryan & Bassett – $11,550
Hammonds Sills Adkins & Guice LLP – $200
Usry, Weeks & Matthews APLC – Donated more than $100,000
But, the connections do not stop there.
Also, Shows Cali & Walsh’s lead attorney, E. Wade Shows, has also acted as Caldwell’s campaign treasurer. And Attorney T. Allen Usry of Usry, Weeks & Matthews APLC has worked on Caldwell’s campaign in the past.
Most recently, the LLAW has reported about an anti-trust lawsuit brought against State Farm by Caldwell which will be sped up thanks to the suit being moved to a multi-district litigation in Florida federal court.
In that suit, Caldwell has garnered help from Shows, who represents the state of Louisiana in the suit. From the $15,000 that Shows Cali & Walsh contributed to Caldwell’s last campaign, Shows contributed $5,000 in 2011.
Back in 2014, it was reported that Caldwell had spent upward of $27 million in contracts to various lawyers, as well as violating state constitutions by paying them on a contingency fee basis.