The conservative legal network & dark money behind the Supreme Court
On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss recent Supreme Court decisions, and how we got here.
Conservative justices repealed affirmative action for college admissions, overturned a Biden Administration law relieving up to $20,000 in student debt, and ruled in favor of a Christian website designer refusing to serve LGBTQ customers.
Steve Vladeck, professor at the University of Texas School of Law, says the court has moved even further to the right since 2018. Legal writers like The Nation's Elie Mystal say expanding the Supreme Court is the only solution, but there is not widespread support among Democrats, so what can be done to counter their influence?
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas have recently come under scrutiny for accepting luxury gifts from wealthy donors, including conservative legal activist and Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who received the largest ever $1.6 billion political donation last year to fund his conservative legal network, according to ProPublica.
The Lever: Leonard Leo’s Latest Supreme Court Play
ProPublica: Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire