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Every Voice Joins Over 100 Groups to Oppose Judge Gorsuch’s Nomination

February 15, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — National campaign watchdog Every Voice joined over 100 civil rights groups today urging the U.S. Senate to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court due to his troubling history on money in politics and record of defending the rights of corporations and the wealthy instead of everyday people.

Statement from David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice:

“Our democracy works best when everyone can be heard in the political process. Americans are deeply concerned that big money drowns out their voices. While there are many reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch and senators must continue to press him about his ideological views, we believe his extreme views on campaign finance are out of the mainstream and would accelerate the disturbing trend of money from an elite few Americans dominating our elections and tilting our democracy to favor the interests of the wealthy and well connected.

“In addition to his record of siding with corporations against consumers, he has expressed support for ‘strict scrutiny’ for laws limiting the size of campaign contributions, a legal standard that values the ability to spend money in politics so highly, it would give big donors more legal protection than the current Court has given to the right to vote. This standard would lead to contribution limits being overturned, handing our elections fully over to the richest among us.

“Americans need and deserve a Supreme Court that will act as the last line of defense from wealthy special interests and unaccountable politicians, not another advocate for the wealthy and powerful or a rubber stamp for Trump’s increasingly special-interest ridden administration.

“To add Gorsuch’s voice to the Court would be to silence and shut of the voices of the majority of Americans who are deeply concerned that government works for the few, not the many. It would take us further away from a democracy that is inclusive and reflective of our country’s diversity.

“At a time when our nation needs consensus and healing, Trump’s selection of Gorsuch, with his extreme views on the role of money in politics, is out of step with what the vast majority of Americans want. We oppose this nomination and urge the Senate to vote to reject it.”

In Gorsuch’s meetings with senators so far, he has failed to address concerns about money in politics. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a New York Times op-ed that Gorsuch refused to answer his questions including about Citizens United, and Senator Dick Durbin cited the Citizens United case as a “fundamental issue” that they had differences on.

For more background on Gorsuch’s troubling record on the issue, see this report from Demos and the Campaign Legal Center.

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