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Judge Gorsuch Refuses to Answer Critical Questions About Money in Politics

March 21, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice criticized Judge Neil Gorsuch for repeatedly refusing to answer critical questions about our broken campaign finance system and the influence of wealthy donors in our elections, amid questions from multiple senators today.

“Judge Gorsuch refused to give a straight answer to the simplest, most basic question about whether a politician could sell their vote. That’s ludicrous,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “Money in politics and the influence of wealthy interests in our democracy is a critical issue for the Supreme Court, and before Gorsuch gets a lifetime appointment, Americans deserve clear answers on where he stands.”

When asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) if it should be illegal to buy a vote, Judge Gorsuch refused to answer the question directly. When asked by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) if there’s a public interest in the disclosure of political spending, he wouldn’t say. When asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) whether strict scrutiny should be applied to contribution limits, something he actually has a record on, he wouldn’t answer. When asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) about Citizens United, he dodged the question. When asked about the Court’s Citizens United decision, he got the scope of the case wrong

Judge Gorsuch’s record on money in politics has raised concern among legislators and a diverse set of groups representing tens of millions of Americans. During Senator Whitehouse’s questioning of Judge Gorsuch today, he introduced a letter into the record signed by over 120 democracy, civil rights, environmental, labor, and other organizations urging senators to press Gorsuch to clarify his position on money in politics. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and 110 of his House colleagues also sent a letter to the Senate urging a thorough investigation of his views on money in politics.

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