Clinton bails on Scruggs' fundraiser

John O'Brien Nov. 30, 2007, 2:30pm



OXFORD, Miss. - Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will not be coming to indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' home for a fundraiser despite his long history of supporting her.

The event was scheduled to take place Dec. 15, but on Wednesday Scruggs and four others were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in a scheme to bribe a state court judge.

"In light of new developments we have canceled the event," campaign manager Blake Zeff said, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Scruggs is alleged to have offered Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge $40,000 to enter an order compelling arbitration in a lawsuit between his firm and another as the two sides disputed how to split up $26.5 million in attorneys fees from settled Hurricane Katrina-related cases.

According to's federal contributions records, Scruggs has not contributed any money to Clinton's Presidential campaign yet. He has, however, given money to two other presidential hopefuls, John McCain and Joe Biden.

In 2005, he donated $4,200 to Clinton's Senatorial campaign in New York, plus $26,700 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He also gave her $4,000 in 2000.

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