In Monday’s Stennis Press Luncheon, both incumbent AG Jim Hood and Republican challenger Al Hopkins faced the press.

In the first real fireworks since Neshoba in this race, Jim Hood largely stayed on message and talked about street crime, elderly care, contractor schemes, and civil claims that his office pursued. Interestingly, Hood introduced a phrase not known to the press. He told the press clearly that work was outsourced on a “first-come, first-served” basis when it came to civil claims pursued by the State when the State was the plaintiff.

Hopkins let loose with a barrage of data that directly challenged Hood that his office in fact was not “first-come, first-served”, but was rather distributed more aptly to the highest and most recent campaign contributions.

To that end, Hopkins’ campaign provided the press a great deal of information that we will disseminate here. Unlike a lot of the rumor and innuendo that has surrounded Democrats complaints about Barbour, Hopkins has done what appears to be a pretty thorough job in laying out his case that Hood’s office awards work pretty regularly to large donors.

The most obvious was the $14M fee distributed to the Langston Law Firm (Hood’s largest contributor). Below is the donor history. Here is the agreement.

The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 06/20/03 $15,964.59
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 06/30/03 $5,000.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 07/01/03 $2,500.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 07/04/03 $875.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 10/01/03 $10,000.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 06/04/04 $25,000.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 08/11/05 $7,000.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 09/30/05 $14,000.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 10/05/05 $4,500.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 11/03/05 $4,500.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 11/10/05 $2,625.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 05/14/07 $5,250.00
The Langston Law Firm Booneville MS 06/06/07 $15,000.00

On November 15, 2005, Jim Hood received $15,000 from an attorney with Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz of New York. And then, their firm received a state contract 3 months later on February 16, 2006. In return, they contributed to Hood with another 15,000 dollar contribution a week after they received the contract (February 23). Here is the Bernstein, Liebhard, & Liftshitz retention agreement.

Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz New York NY 11/15/05 $15,000.00
Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz New York NY 02/23/06 $15,000.00

After receiving $25,000 from partners with Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossman of New York on February 14, 16, & 17th, Jim Hood signed over to them 4 seperate
state contracts a week later on February 21 and March 14, 2006. The same firm then gave another series of contributions on April 16, 24, 25, & 26, which followed with another contract soon thereafter on May 17, 2006.

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 02/16/06 $5,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman Bronxville NY 02/17/06 $5,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New Orleans LA 02/17/06 $5,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman Bronxville NY 02/14/06 $5,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 04/25/07 $1,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 04/25/07 $1,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman Rancho Santa CA 02/16/06 $5,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 04/16/07 $1,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 04/26/07 $1,000.00
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman New York NY 04/24/07 $2,500.00

Wolf Popper (where former State Treasurer Marshall Bennett now works) of New York contributed $15,000 to Jim Hood on February 22, 2006 and received a contingency fee contract just a few weeks later on March 23, 2006.

Wolf Popper New York NY 10/10/03 $1,000.00
Wolf Popper New York NY 02/22/06 $15,000.00

On September 19, 2005 Jim Hood signed Baron & Budd of Texas to a contingency fee state contract, which led to another $19,200 for Hood’s campaign on November 7 & 8.

Baron & Budd Baton Rouge LA 11/07/05 $2,300.00
Baron & Budd Baton Rouge LA 11/07/05 $5,000.00
Baron & Budd Baton Rouge LA 11/08/05 $1,900.00
Baron & Budd Dallas TX 11/07/05 $5,000.00
Baron & Budd Dallas TX 11/07/05 $5,000.00

Specific Campaign Data and Copy of Agreements provided by the Al Hopkins Campaign
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