Fleishman playing both sides of vote on Proposition 12

DALLAS: Fleishman-Hillard and one of its subsidiaries have found themselves on opposite sides of a political table.

DALLAS: Fleishman-Hillard and one of its subsidiaries have found themselves on opposite sides of a political table.

Allyn & Co., a Dallas-based public affairs firm that Fleishman acquired in January 2002, represents Save Texas Courts, which opposes Proposition 12. Texans will vote Saturday on

the measure, which would let the legislature limit damages in malpractice cases and other civil suits.

Meanwhile, Fleishman donated $25,000 to Yes on 12.

"In a holding-company structure, from time to time, the views of any two companies or their clients may differ, and this is one of those occasions," Fleishman said in a written statement. "This independence follows a well-established precedent among holding companies in our industry."

Paul Johnson, Fleishman's regional president in Washington, said corporate contributions are rare, and would be approved by Fleishman's senior management team in St. Louis. Backing Yes on 12 is consistent with Fleishman's general support of tort reform, he said.

"Allyn is a separate company, and in fact is still in an earn-out," he noted, adding that such companies must by necessity operate independently.

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