Trump’s impeachment lawyer at New York Primary is exploiting a big law for money

Dan Goldman, the former federal prosecutor and heir to Levi Strauss & Co. in New York’s 10th District Democratic congressional primary, received more than one-sixth of legal industry donations, records show.

Donors included WilmerHale partner Preet Bharara, a former Goldman boss in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; Jeff Kessler, Executive Co-Chairman of Winston & Strawn; and Karen Patton Seymour, former general counsel at Goldman Sachs and now a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell.

“Dan is a lawyer – he has years of experience and contacts in both the legal profession and on Wall Street – so this is his network,” said Chris Coffey, managing director of political consultancy Tusk Strategies. . “When you are a new candidate, you immediately access your network.”

Goldman, the former lead Democratic advocate during Donald Trump’s first impeachment, led his rivals in the newly drawn district in an Aug. 10-13 poll by Emerson College, Pix11 and The Hill.

About 22% of Democratic primary voters favored Goldman, compared to 17% for Yuh-Line Niou, who was elected to the state assembly in 2016, and 13% each for Mondaire Jones, a member of the States House States who moved to Brooklyn from Rockland County. district he currently represents, and Manhattan City Council member Carlina Rivera, according to the survey.

Goldman, who has never held public office, spent about 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. He joined the House Intelligence Committee as an adviser in 2019 and later served as lead counsel in the investigation into Trump allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

He launched a campaign for New York Attorney General in November 2021, but stepped down when incumbent Letitia James decided to run for re-election.

legal aid to industry

Of the more than $1.4 million Goldman has raised from individual donors through Aug. 3, $240,000 came from the legal profession, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

Kessler donated $2,900 to Goldman while Bharara and Seymour gave him $1,000 each, according to FEC records.

FEC rules generally limit individual contributions to $2,900 per race, which means an individual can donate $2,900 for primary and general elections.

Employees of financial institutions Blackstone and Goldman Sachs each poured about $20,000 into Goldman’s coffers.

Goldman invested at least $2 million of its own money in the race this month, according to FEC records.

Family wealth

If elected to Congress, Goldman would likely become one of the 20 richest members, Bloomberg News reported. He has a net worth of between $64 million and $253 million from more than 1,700 assets and has pledged to place his assets in a blind trust if elected.

His grandmother, Rhoda Haas Goldman, was the daughter of the former president of Levi Strauss, according to New York Jewish Week.

Jones is a former Davis Polk associate first elected to Congress in 2020 to represent a district in Rockland and Westchester counties. Like Goldman, he received about a sixth of his campaign contributions from the legal profession.

Jones has received nearly $600,000 in attorney donations since 2021, including more than $70,000 from attorneys from his former firm, according to the FEC.

By the end of July, Jones had ranked fourth among House candidates for attorney contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Jones Support

Lawyers for Paul Weiss donated more than $30,000 to Jones, and lawyers for Simpson Thacher donated an additional $14,000 to the candidate.

Paul Weiss’ partner, Loretta Lynch, a former attorney general in the Obama administration, contributed $2,900 in May. Martine Beamon, a white-collar practice leader at Davis Polk, donated the maximum $5,800, according to federal records.

Jones also secured financial backing from Cleary Gottlieb’s general counsel, Lawrence Friedman.

Most of the contributions came before Jones chose to run in the New York District. He launched his bid for the seat in late May following a messy redistricting process in the state, which saw Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announce a run in the district. newly configured encompassing Westchester and Rockland.

Jones started the race with around $3 million in hand, but his cash advantage ended when Goldman began pouring his own money into his campaign.

Niou and Rivera also found support from Big Law.

Edward Wallace, an executive from the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, donated $1,000 to Rivera and Ethan Klingsberg, a senior M&A partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, donated $500 to Niou , according to the FEC.

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