Through November, Republican lawmakers had spent more than $10.5 million over five years defending laws on everything from redistricting to voter ID to HB2. Almost half the money – $4.9 million – went to defend a sweeping voter law, which was overturned by a panel of federal judges but now faces possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lawmakers spent another $3.7 million defending redistricting plans, several of which are also before the high court. And they’ve spent more than $1.2 million on behalf of HB2, which faces multiple legal challenges.
Plaintiffs in the voting case will waive their right to up to $12 million in attorney’s fees from NC, if the attempt to withdraw the cert. petition is successful (the legislature is fighting it).