In 2012, former Montana State Senator Ryan Zinke founded Special Operations For America, a right-wing super PAC focused on Swift Boat-style attacks on President Obama's foreign policy. Now he's using the funds he raised in his congressional campaign.
Last week, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court rejected a request by a conservative “dark money” group to keep its donors secret. The dlsclosure could render millions of dollars in campaign contributions illegal.
Big business groups target judges who they believe will rule for plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, and plaintiffs’ lawyers fund ads attacking judges who they believe are more inclined to throw out lawsuits. Neither group actually cares about criminal justice.
As if it weren’t already clear enough that the U.S. Supreme Court’s next money in politics decision is about money in Republican politics, the plaintiffs are spelling it out for you, giving Sen. Mitch McConnell argument time before the justices.
By this time next year, fair housing law could be neutered, unions could be hobbled, billionaires could be free to spend millions to put their favorite candidates in office, and the right to choose an abortion could be meaningless.
"Judges are to be impartial. They are to judge without fear or favor. They are not to be beholden to any group. But it may be a little hard, if a group of lawyers has funded your campaign, for you to be impartial."