|Contact:Keith Schipper, Nevada Republican Party|
Who is Aaron Ford really working?
LAS VEGAS – Attorney General Aaron Ford’s pals are cashing in. The AG’s office announced today it would be contracting with Ford’s former employer, Eglet Prince, in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.
And thanks to Ford, his former law firm can take up to 25 percent of the damages recovered.
That is because during the 2017 legislative session, then Senate Majority Leader Ford pushed through a last-minute measure that removed a cap of no more than $10 million on recoverable fees for outside counsel.
The new 25 percent cap Ford championed is considerably higher than the previous. According to a study by Husch Blackwell , Nevada usually paid outside firms between 10-15 percent to represent the state.
When asked whether his former employer lobbied him to raise the cap, a spokeswoman for Ford refused to comment on the record.
Ford can hide and claim he was recused from the decision to hire Eglet Prince all he wants, the fact remains he is now contracted with his former employer and they will be paid handsomely for their service.
This is what cronyism looks like and Ford should do the right thing and go with another firm.
“There is a stench of corruption emanating from Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office,” Nevada Republican Party Executive Director Will Sexauer said . “The Attorney General’s buddies are once again cashing in thanks to their powerful friend. Ford and his former employer are making a mockery of the process.”
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