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[MotherJones.com, 2020-10-13] Watch Senator Sheldon Whitehouse School Amy Coney Barrett on Dark Money. "$250 million is a lot of money to spend if you're not getting anything for it." -- Sheldon Whitehouse.
Twitter. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: "This, more and more, looks like it's not three schemes -- but it's one scheme. With the same funders selecting judges, funding campaigns for the judges, & then showing up in court in these orchestrated amicus flotillas to tell the judges what to do."
[2020-10-13] Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaks during hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Senator Whitehouse: "What's behind us is now 80 cases, Mr. Chairman, 80 cases under Chief Justice Roberts [John Roberts] that have these characteristics. One, they were decided 5-4 by a bare majority. Two, the 5-4 majority was partisan in the sense that not one Democratic appointee joined the five. I refer to that group as the "Roberts five." It changes a little bit as with Justice Scalia [Antonin Scalia]'s death, for instance, but there's been a steady Roberts five that has delivered now 80 of these decisions.
In all these areas where it's about political power for big special interests and people who want to fund campaigns and people who want to get their way through politics without actually showing up, doing it behind DonorsTrust and other groups, doing it through these schemes, over and over and over again, you see the same thing -- 80 decisions, Judge Barrett, 80 decisions, and 80-0 sweep.
I don't think you've tried cases but some cases, the issue is bias and discrimination, and if you are making a bias case, as a trial lawyer -- Lindsey Graham is a hell of a good trial lawyer, if he wanted to make a bias case, Dick Durbin is a hell of a good trial lawyer -- if they wanted to show an 80-0 pattern, (A), that's admissible and, (B), I'd love to make that argument to the jury. I'd be really hard-pressed to be the lawyer saying, 'No, 80-0 is just a bunch of flukes, all 5-4, all partisan, all this way.' So something is not right around the court, and dark money has a lot to do with it. Special interests have a lot to do with it. Donors Trust and whoever is hiding behind Donors Trust has a lot to do with it."
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| Right-Wing Foundations Fund Anti-Consumer Protection Groups, 2014-present.|
Sixteen right-wing foundations gave nearly $69 million to groups urging the Supreme Court to abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2014.
|The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an agency of the United States government responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector. CFPB's jurisdiction includes banks, credit unions, securities firms, payday lenders, mortgage-servicing operations, foreclosure relief services, debt collectors and other financial companies operating in the United States.|
The CFPB's creation was authorized by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whose passage in 2010 was a legislative response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the subsequent Great Recession. The CFPB's status as an independent agency has been subject to many challenges in court. In June 2020, the United States Supreme Court found the single-director structure removable only with-cause unconstitutional, but allowed the agency to remain in operation.
|Charles Koch Foundation||$12,986,462|
|Sarah Scaife Foundation||$7,550,000|
|Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$5,579,500|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$4,550,000|
|Dunn Foundation [DeSmogBlog profile]||$4,450,000|
|Donors Capital Fund||$2,522,680|
|John William Pope Foundation||$1,895,175|
|Bradley Impact Fund||$1,363,000|
|Mercer Family Foundation||$1,200,000|
|Adolph Coors Foundation||$1,155,000|
|F.M. Kirby Foundation||$672,500|
|Charles Koch Institute||$517,134|
|Ed Uihlein Family Foundation||$408,000|
|Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation||$395,000|
|William H. Donner Foundation||$167,000|
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse mentions the following dark money organizations and actors in his presentation.
The Judicial Education Project [aligned with the Judicial Crisis Network -- aka The Concord Fund | aka Honest Elections Project [overlaps Judicial Crisis Network] | aka The 85 Fund [aka Judicial Education Project] -- an elaborate obfuscating shell game. Carrie Severino, who helped select Amy Coney Barrett as a SCOTUS nominee, also works for the Judicial Education Project.
[2020-10-13] Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discusses the influence of dark money in the Supreme Court with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Following the 2nd day of hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Whitehouse discusses the impact of dark money on the judicial confirmation process.
[Accountable.us, 2020-10-12] New Analysis Finds Barrett Sides Against Consumers, Immigrants, Workers, and More. Government Watchdog's Analysis Shows Trump's Nominee to the Supreme Court Sides with Corporations over Consumers, Workers, and Immigrants.
[PRWatch.org, 2020-10-10] Snapshot of Secret Funding of Amicus Briefs Tied to Leonard Leo -- Federalist Society Leader, Promoter of Amy Barrett. A new review of grant documents, first published on the dark web, provides a snapshot of how groups tied to Leonard A. Leo -- the man who put Amy Barrett on President Trump's list for the Supreme Court-have been secretly funded to file briefs with the Supreme Court to overturn U.S. laws, including the Affordable Care Act.
[ScheerPost.com, 2020-10-05] Trump's Barrett Nomination Another Step Toward Christian Fascism. All fascist and totalitarian movements paper over their squalid belief systems with the veneer of morality.
[Salon.com, 2020-10-01] People of Praise: Religious group scrubs photos and mentions of SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett from website: report. jFormer members of People of Praise say wives were taught to always obey their husbands -- and provide sex on demand.
[HRC.org, 2020-09-22] Amy Coney Barrett is an Absolute Threat to LGBTQ Rights. Amy Coney Barrett's history tells a story of anti-LGBTQ ideology [including transphobia], opposing basic rights thought to be settled law, and an anti-choice ideology out of step with popular opinion.
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