The Midmorning Refill: Should Scalia and Thomas have recused themselves from hearing Citizens United case?
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When U.S. Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas weighed in on the controversial Citizens United decision a year ago this week, lending their voices to the majority to give corporations a green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections, they may have acted in a gross conflict of interest. (Color us surprised.)
Turns out the justices stood to benefit from the decision. They both have ties to Charles and David Koch, wealthy brothers who fund an array of conservative causes, and have both attended “retreats” held by Koch Industries, which spent $2.5 million in last year’s elections. (Thomas’ wife, Ginny, also ran a nonprofit group that benefited greatly from the Citizens United decision.)
Public Citizen ally Common Cause alleges that because of these connections, Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves when SCOTUS took up Citizens United. Common Cause filed a petition yesterday with the Department of Justice to look into the potential conflict.
“Until these questions are resolved, public debate over the allegations of bias and conflicts of interest will serve to undermine the legitimacy of the Citizens United decision,” said Common Cause president Bob Edgar.
Public Citizen, along with Common Cause and other allies, continues to rail against the Citizens United decision. Learn how you can get involved, especially at rallies and demonstrations nationwide this week.