Your billionaire fishing buddy has a case for you to decide on in your court. Should you recuse yourself?
Alito says no. “Alito has never recused himself from subsequent cases in which Elliott Management, Paul Singer’s firm, was directly involved, including one in which the court awarded $2.4 billion to the fund.” – Common Dreams
“Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court had a lot of debt before President Donald Trump nominated. In May 2017, he reported owing between $60,004 and $200,000 on three credit cards and a loan against his retirement account. By the time Trump nominated him to the high court in July 2018, those debts had vanished.” – Mother Jones. Now Brett gets to decide whose votes matter.
“Clarence Thomas has accepted luxury trips virtually every year from Harlan Crow, the Dallas businessman without disclosing them, documents and interviews show. A public servant who has a salary of $285,000. He flies on Crow’s Bombardier Global 5000 jet. He has gone with Crow to the Bohemian Grove, the exclusive California all-male retreat. – Pro Publica
Follow the money behind the Billionaire’s Pay To Play Supreme Court with this map.
Pay To Play
Pay-to-play, sometimes pay-for-play or P2P, is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage in certain activities. The common denominator of all forms of pay-to-play is that one must pay to “get in the game”, with the sports analogy frequently arising. – Wikipedia
Right wing billionaire gifts
“One after another, media reports have revealed serious and repeated ethics failures by various justices of the Supreme Court. If Chief Justice Roberts isn’t going to open an investigation and implement a strong code of ethics to restore the public’s trust in the institution, then it’s up to us in Congress to act. We intend to continue our investigation until we know the full scope of the ethics violations at the Court. Answers to these questions will guide the Committee’s continued work to pass legislation ensuring that our nation’s highest Court does not have the lowest ethical standards,” said Whitehouse and Durbin in a joint statement.
Whitehouse and Durbin wrote similar letters to Leonard Leo, Paul Singer and Robin Arkley II in July. Those letters followed a report by ProPublica that found Justice Samuel Alito accepted and failed to disclose a luxury Alaskan fishing vacation with Singer and Arkley. According to the report, Justice Alito’s billionaire-funded vacation was planned and attended by Leo, the orchestrator of right-wing influence campaigns around the Supreme Court. – Sheldon Whitehouse
Highest Court with lowest ethical standards
Alito “enjoyed untold amounts of luxury and largesse from a billionaire hedge fund manager whose business interests would benefit if the Supreme Court allows for the worst rollback of consumer protections in U.S. history,” Zelnick added. Accountable.US warned that Alito’s failure to recuse himself from the case could make it more likely that the court will side with “predatory lenders” like those tied to Singer’s business.
“That will likely mean the agency’s future funding will be beholden to the political whims of Congress,” said the group. “There is little doubt a U.S. House of Representatives made up of lawmakers openly hostile to the CFPB —like the current MAGA Majority—would zero-fund the agency the first chance they get on behalf of their financial industry donors. It would be catastrophic for consumers, honest businesses that simply want to compete fairly, and the stability of financial markets.” – Common Dreams
TakeAway: Call your Senator to demand they support ethical code of conduct for the Supreme Court. No one is above the law.
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