When government officials hire companies for publicly funded projects, they typically have to go through a public bidding process. This transparent system ensures that companies don’t receive government contracts simply because of political connections, and that taxpayers receive the best bargains for their money.
But many state attorneys general (AG) have long skirted this system by providing huge chunks of state legal business to their trial lawyer friends. More often than not, these lawyers also happen to be big time campaign contributors. In other words, it’s a “pay to play” deal – trial lawyers make large political donations and, in return, receive millions of dollars in work.