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    Candidates returning donations from Thornton Law Firm attorneys

    On Sunday, the Globe Spotlight team and the Center for Responsive Politics teamed up to report that attorneys at Boston’s Thornton Law Firm donated $1.6 million from 2010 through 2014 to Democratic Party fund-raising committees and numerous politicians.

    In return, Thornton lawyers received $1.4 million in “bonuses” over that period; more than 280 of the contributions precisely matched bonuses that were paid within 10 days.

    Thornton was ranked 11th nationally for political contributions in 2014, the report said, even though Thornton isn’t among the 100 biggest firms in the state.


    Since the report’s publication, a number of candidates have stepped forward to say they’re turning the donated money over to the US Treasury Department. As of late Tuesday, that amount exceeded $300,000. Among them:

    Name Office Returned
    Hillary Clinton Democratic presidential nominee $20,000
    Catherine Cortez-Masto Nevada US Senate candidate $23,300
    Tammy Duckworth Illinois US Senate candidate $26,100
    Russ Feingold Wisconsin US Senate candidate $45,000
    Deb Goldberg Mass. treasurer $9,500
    Maggie Hassan N.H. governor, US Senate candidate $51,000
    Jason Kander Missouri US Senate candidate $25,000
    Katie McGinty Pennsylvania US Senate candidate $25,000
    Joan Meschino Mass. House candidate $5,750
    Patrick Murphy Florida US Senate candidate $21,800
    Ted Strickland Ohio US Senate candidate $12,000*
    Marty Walsh Boston mayor $15,000
    Peter Welch Vermont congressman $37,900
    Total $317,350
    SOURCE: Boston Globe, Politico, Cleveland Plain Dealer reports

    * The Strickland campaign only told the Plain Dealer that the $12,000 amount was approximate