Hood’s outside counsel alliances net contributions, funds for taxpayers

In a ruling on an ancillary case, the state’s high court ruled against Hood in separate outside counsel fees cases involving MCI and Microsoft. In both cases, the court found that state law requires that any outside counsel Hood hires must be paid from funds the Legislature appropriates to his office.

Hood hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing whatsoever regarding the outside counsel cases he’s awarded. He admitted receiving the campaign contributions, but denied any quid pro quo with the outside counsel attorneys.

So as the 2015 campaign begins in earnest, Hood may eventually draw a strong GOP opponent, but it’s unlikely that the outside counsel issue that was politically ripe three years ago has much impact on voters today under the new state rules governing legal fees to those firms.