COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson hopes to recoup $53,980.05 of the $3.5 million the state spent to sue the federal government over the implementation of South Carolinas voter ID law.
A federal three-judge panel upheld the law in October that requires South Carolina registered voters to show a photo ID before voting. The court ruled the law did not disenfranchise voters because voters could opt out of the photo ID requirement if they had a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID.
Earlier this month, the court ruled that because South Carolina was the prevailing party in the lawsuit, it could force the federal government to cover some of its expenses.
However, the vast majority of South Carolinas expenses were attorneys fees -- fees that the state cannot recoup from the federal government.
Most of the money $3.4 million went to Bancroft, LLC, the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Paul D. Clement, a former solicitor general under George W. Bush and South Carolinas lead attorney for the lawsuit. S.C. attorney Chris Coates collected $147,578.78 while $10,880 went to S.C. attorney Butch Bowers.
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