Dark Money Questions Cast Shadow At Gorsuch Hearings

Corruption is already in Neil Gorsuch’s blood as confirmed by his inability to hold up under questioning during his confirmation hearing.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was tripping over his own tongue when asked at his confirmation hearings this week to defend $10 million in dark money aimed at supporting his bid for the highest court in the land.

The heated line of questioning came from Rhode Island Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who “pointed to an outside dark money group… that was now spending $10 million to support Gorsuch,” according to Talking Points Memo.

Gorsuch ducked the question, a tactic he’s been quite adept at during the course of his hearings. “The fact of the matter is, it is what it is…,” he replied.

So, Gorsuch didn’t deny the fact that he was being helped by dark money via the right-wing Judicial Crisis Network. If he had, he would have been lying under oath, since it would be impossible to deny the existence of the TV adds that have already been seen across the country.

What’s troubling about Gorsuch’s answer is the complacency with which he views the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Esquire reports,

Gorsuch maintained this fantasy of the Supreme Court as an apolitical player throughout the proceedings, which Whitehouse earlier pressed him on with a question about Citizens United in particular. Did he really believe the judges were not involving themselves in politics through that decision?

Judge Gorsuch has a history of siding with corporations and against people. As the Center for American Progress notes,

The approach outlined in Judge Gorsuch’s August 2016 opinion would benefit wealthy corporations challenging laws that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. This approach would tie the government’s hands in keeping Americans safe and healthy and let judges strike down common-sense regulations that ensure the nation’s air and water are clean. If he becomes a justice, the Supreme Court would very likely continue its trend of ruling in favor of big business.

With all that, it’s not hard to see why Gorsuch has no problem with dark money funding ads on his behalf.

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass) pointed out in a Boston Globe piece, corruption is already in his blood.

At a moment when the awesome power of the presidency is in the hands of someone who has shown contempt for our Constitution, our independent judiciary, our free press, and the principles that make our nation a beacon of democracy, this decision is more consequential than at any time in recent history. We cannot stand down when the president of the United States attempts to hand our highest court over to the highest bidder.

Tell lawmakers what you think of their plans for your future by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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