Wasteful Spending!

No, this isn’t a story about the federal budget. It’s a story about the Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, hiring a 500 dollar an hour attorney to defend the state’s voter ID law which the Department of Justice has declared unconstitutional.

South Carolina taxpayers will be on the hook for a high-powered Washington attorney’s $520-an-hour rate when the state sues the federal government this week to protect its voter ID law.

That litigation could cost more than $1 million, according to two South Carolina attorneys who have practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has more than five dozen staff attorneys to handle the state’s legal affairs, but Wilson hired a former U.S. solicitor general to litigate the voter ID case at a rate of $520 an hour, a contract obtained last week reveals.

The Department of Justice labeled the South Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional because, according to the state’s own data, it would disproportionately effect minority voters because minority voters are more likely to not have an ID.

As ThinkProgress reminds us, Paul Clement, the lawyer hired by Nikki Haley, is also the man hired by Speaker of the House John Boehner to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which the Department of Justice has also labeled unconstitutional.

Why do the Republicans hate the constitution?

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  • muselet

    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has more than five dozen staff attorneys to handle the state’s legal affairs, but Wilson hired a former U.S. solicitor general to litigate the voter ID case at a rate of $520 an hour, a contract obtained last week reveals.

    And there it is. This isn’t about the Constitution (or even about all those pesky people who insist on not voting straight R), it’s about funneling as much money to a well-connected Righty lawyer as possible.

    –alopecia

  • ArrogantDemon

    So, you bristle at using money for unemployment or forming a health care exchange, but you can find money to strip people of their rights?

    Secede already, for god sakes, your 10% unemployment is dragging us down and your stupid is making us look bad.

    Like Reagan, they love the Constitution, but not what it was actually for?

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    The same thing is happening here in AZ…the Gov. has sued and been sued so many times that I lost count–Here’s just some of the cases that AZ taxpayers have had to pay for — defending SB1070, illegal firing of Redistricting Chairwoman, ethnic studies ban in Tucson, denial of funds for people needing organ transplants, suit against the Fed Govt for not doing it’s job on border security…..I shudder to think about what my tax dollars are paying for.