President Obama’s nomination for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has donated over $10,000 to Democratic candidates between 2004 and 2008, which included donations to the Barack Obama campaign, according to records fromOpenSecrets.gov.
“It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta,” President Obama said on Nov. 8 at the time of the nomination. “Loretta has spent her life fighting for fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy. I can think of no better public servant to be our next Attorney General.”
Obama first Loretta first appointed on May 3, 2010 for the position of the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Ms. Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.,” according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
During her tenure at Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., Lynch donated $14,800 to Democratic candidates, $4,600 of which went to President Obama, according to records from Open Secrets. In addition to Obama, Lynch donated $4,200 to Democrat Chris Owens who campaigned for Congress during the 2005-2006 federal election cycle, volunteered for the Obama campaign and organized an effort called “Brooklyn for Barack.”
Lynch also donated $1,000 to Chris Owens’ father, former Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.), another politician who endorsed Obama for president.
In addition to these donations, Lynch also contributed Democratic Senate candidates – $1,000 to Jim Neal, $2,000 to Steve Novick, $1,000 to Tom Strickland and $1,000 to Ron Kirk.