On May 17, 2000, while Harriet Miers was managing the law firm of Locke Liddell from the firm’s Dallas office, she contributed $415 to the law firm’s political action committee. Federal Election Commission reports show that two days later, Locke Liddell’s PAC contributed $1,000 to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate Campaign Committee. For an unexplained reason, Harriet Miers listed herself as a “self-employed attorney,” according to the FEC Report on her 2000 contribution to the Locke Liddell PAC.
FEC records also show a $500 contribution on Feb. 15, 2000, by the Locke Liddell PAC to Democrat Nicholas Lampson, who ran unsuccessfully against Tom DeLay.
Locke Liddell’s contributions also reached out to out-of-state Democratic congressmen. According to FEC records, on July 27, 2000, the Locke Liddell PAC contributed $1,000 to Richard Gephardt’s congressional re-election campaign in Missouri. Locke Liddell also supported Democrats in Louisiana, contributing $1,000 to Mary Landrieu, on Dec. 4, 2000, and $1,000 to the campaign of Louisana Congressman William Jennings Jefferson on June 6, 2000.
Locke Liddell’s PAC contributed to the re-election campaign of Houston Democratic Congressman Kenneth Edward Bentsen Jr., nephew of Congressman Lloyd Bentsen. The law firm also supported the congressional campaigns of Texas Democrats Lloyd Doggett, Chet Edwards, Martin Frost, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Max Sandlin. In 2000, three separate contributions were made to the campaign of Texas Democrat Regina Montoya Coggins, who ran unsuccessfully against Congressman Pete Sessions – the records also reflect two contributions to Pete Sessions in 2000.
Of the 24 candidates supported by Locke Liddell’s PAC in the years 1999-2000, a majority of 14 were to Democrats. These were years in which Harriet Miers was co-managing partner of the law firm.
Harriet Miers has already indicated that she switched from Democrat to Republican, suggesting she voted for Ronald Reagan, despite making campaign contributions to Al Gore and Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Until now, there had been no discussion that Harriet Miers’ campaign contributions had also ended up supporting Hillary Clinton, as well as opposing the re-elections of Majority Leader Tom Delay and Republican Texas Congressman Pete Sessions.
The records came to light over the weekend, in an FEC response to a request by the Republican Study Committee to see Harriet Miers’ campaign contributions, dating back to 1980. Searching the FEC records for the contributions made by Locke Liddell’s PAC brought to light the 2000 contribution to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the contributions made to oppose the re-election of Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The Republican Study Committee is a group of over 100 conservative House Republicans, chaired by Representative Mike Pence of Indiana.