Massachusetts Democratic Senate Candidate Warren Received No-Bid Contract from Clinton DOJ
Massachusetts Democratic senate candidate Elizabeth Warren garnered a lucrative no-bid contract with the Clinton administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) one year after advising then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The Department paid Warren, a Harvard professor, $90,000 for serving as an expert witness over a five month period in 1999 and 2000, documents show.
That is an “oddly” large sum given the short time frame and the hourly pay rate DOJ pays witnesses, according to University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter.
“That’s a whale of a contract,” said Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer for the White House under the Bush administration. “Assuming she’s charging $500 an hour, which is a ton at that point in time, she’d have to work 180 hours on this one case to get up to $90,000.”
The lucrative contract came after Warren published a groundbreaking study into the impact of bankruptcy on women. She served through 1998 as an adviser on bankruptcy issues to then First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The contract was issued through the Department’s Civil Division in October 1999 and paid out in March of 2000.