NEW YORK -- Nearly five months after Keith Wofford became the Republican nominee for Attorney General and after failing to disclose his tax returns, New York voters should be concerned about the inherent conflicts of interests in Keith Wofford’s candidacy stemming from his position as a partner at a Wall Street law firm for the last 12 years.
Since 2006, Mr. Wofford has personally benefited from the clients of Ropes & Gray LLP. Last year, he made at least $4.35 million -- meaning he could potentially have made $52 million in the last dozen years. Each one of Ropes & Gray’s clients is a potential conflict for Mr. Wofford.
Transparency demands that Mr. Wofford disclose conflicts of interests between his firm and the Attorney General’s Office. He must release:
Every client that his firm represents;
Every client that he has directly represented, including before the State of New York;
The nature of the law firms’ representation of each client;
How many clients represented during Mr. Wofford’s tenure had business before the Attorney General’s Office; and
Total compensation to the firm, and to Mr. Wofford personally, for the 12 years he has been a partner.
“Mr. Wofford’s position as a partner at a Wall Street law firm and his multi-million dollar compensation create an inherent conflict of interest with his candidacy for Attorney General. At a time when Donald Trump’s presidency is mired in conflicts of interest, it is imperative that Mr. Wofford come clean. New Yorkers are entitled to a full and complete look into Mr. Wofford’s candidacy and conflicts,” said Jack Sterne, Press Secretary for Letitia “Tish” James’ campaign.