Even though constitutional challenges usually cost around a million bucks, the HCR challenge is going to be a bargain for everyone. Luckily for the twenty states involved, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum volunteered to do most of the work, and he got a sweetheart deal on outside counsel:
McCollum has assigned seven people within his office to handle the work, and hired the Washington, D.C., law firm Baker and Hostetler to represent the states. McCollum, who is running for governor in Florida, lobbied for the firm as recently as 2006.
Its lawyers, David Rivkin and Lee Casey, have lowered their hourly fee to keep costs under $50,000. Rivkin normally is paid $900 an hour, said Ryan Wiggins, a spokeswoman for McCollum.
It’s touching to see a politician and two lawyers set aside crass personal interest to defend the Constitution.