According to the Sun Herald article over the weekend, Paul Minor cashed in some chips to have Wayne Dowdy and Bennie Thompson in the courtroom as a show of support.
No doubt, Minor reminded the two that they were bought and paid for.
In an article last year, numbers of what Minor had donated were quoted as $160K+ to the DNC and $22K+ to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In other words, when Minor asks for a favor, in this case it looks like it was paid for in advance.
Thompson and Dowdy seemed only too willing to comply.