Paul Clement’s offer to represent the 26 states challenging the Obama health care reform law for just $250,000 – “a small fraction of what other lawyers had suggested they would bill” – helped land him the assignment, Reuters is reporting.
In a February beauty contest pitting him against other Supreme Court advocates the article does not name, Clement came across as “humble” and his arguments against the law as “passionate.”
“He shared our passion, and he was confident we could win,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told the newswire.
The five lead states – Florida, Colorado, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas – are each paying $20,000 of the fee. Others paid half or a quarter of that, and some states paid nothing at all for the representation “because of legal or budgetary constraints.”