June 1, 2015 10:00 pm -


(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

The presiding judge in the Denny Hastert case has contributed to his campaigns.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin gave Hastert for Congress $500 in 2002 and $1000 in 2004, according to the Federal Election Commission.

The donations could fuel questions about the judge’s impartiality in the case. News outlets have already noted that the judge’s brother is a prominent figure in the state’s GOP leadership. Jim Durkin serves as minority leader in the Illinois House, a post he was elected to in 2013.

Thomas Durkin made the donations while he was a partner at a private law firm, Mayer Brown. He also donated similar sums to a smattering of other GOP campaigns, including his brother’s unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002 and Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Judge In Hastert Case Was Campaign Donor

  1. whatthe46 June 1st, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ oh really? why am i not surprised?

  2. William June 1st, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    That judge really needs to recuse himself.

    • whatthe46 June 1st, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      that should have been done first hand.

  3. William June 1st, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    During the previous administration these three men represented the absolute pinnacle of leadership in the GOP.
    How sad is that?

  4. burqa June 1st, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Oh yeah.
    And andandand not only did the judge contribute to the campaign, but Hatert once had him in a figure four leglock and the judge liked it and kept asking for more.

    ………………………………………………………………………..or so I heard…

  5. allison1050 June 2nd, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Anyone want to bet whether or not the judge will recuse himself?

    • whatthe46 June 2nd, 2015 at 12:45 am


      • allison1050 June 2nd, 2015 at 2:08 am

        Smart move. ;o)

  6. Tim Coolio June 2nd, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Another neocon bites the sexual dust!!!

  7. liberalMD June 2nd, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Recuse himself? There should have been a mechanism in place to have eliminated him from being selected in the first place!

  8. rg9rts June 3rd, 2015 at 4:46 am

    You mean the fix is in??? Noooooooo

  9. Elliot J. Stamler June 3rd, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Judge Durkin will have to recuse himself; if he refuses the gov’t will take it to the Court of Appeals to compel recusal.