Follow the money to see how billionaires get the laws they want. How some Supreme Court justices get rushed on while others are denied a hearing.
Barrett stood next to Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and declared that her objective that day was to convince the audience that the Supreme Court “is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks… in this case the many charges that the Supreme Court had become thoroughly politicized by Trump’s three appointments, which created a powerful 6-3 conservative super-majority.” – The Hill
This relationship follows the money from Koch Brothers donations to the conservative Federalist Society, George Mason University and the Republican party. Conservative activist Gini Thomas and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas. Republicans savaging women like Professor Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who come forward to testify against Supreme Court nominees. And decisions like Citizens United and Shelby v Holder that give more power to the wealthy and deny working Americans their right to vote. And how a conservative stacked Supreme Court is about to overturn decades of precedence in overturning Roe v Wade.
Follow the dark money
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Conservative pipeline to Supreme Court
“Leo has for many years been the executive vice-president of the Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers, based in Washington. Leo served, in effect, as Trump’s subcontractor on the selection of Gorsuch, who was confirmed by a vote of 54–45, last week, after Republicans changed the Senate rules to forbid the use of filibusters. Leo’s role in the nomination capped a period of extraordinary influence for him and for the Federalist Society. During the Administration of George W. Bush, Leo also played a crucial part in the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Now that Gorsuch has been confirmed, Leo is responsible, to a considerable extent, for a third of the Supreme Court.” – New Yorker
Secretive conservative legal groups
“The conservative “dark money” organization that spearheaded controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation received $22 million in anonymous donations in the year before the 2018 court fight, newly released tax records show. The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, pledged to spend as much as $10 million to ensure Kavanaugh’s confirmation — the same amount that it spent to help confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017. JCN has close ties to Trump’s judicial adviser Leonard Leo, a longtime executive at the Federalist Society, the influential conservative and libertarian lawyers network based in Washington, D.C.” – Open Secrets
Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence, Cheered On the Rally That Turned Into the Capitol Riot. “On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the rally in Washington, D.C. demanding that Congress overturn the election. She then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. Two days later, Thomas amended her post with the addendum: “[Note: written before violence in US Capitol]”. By that point, five people involved in the insurrection, including a Capitol Police officer, had died.” – MSN
TakeAway: Follow the money to understand how billionaires get the laws they want and gut democracy as well as women’s rights in the process.
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