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Every Voice Praises Sen. Hirono for Pressing Judge Gorsuch on Money in Politics

March 21, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice praised Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) for questioning President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on whether he is worried about “unfettered money in politics”.

“Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record suggests he would hand over even more power to wealthy donors and corporate interests in our elections, and today he has refused to give a straight answer to even the simplest, most basic questions about this critical issue for the Supreme Court,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “We applaud Sen. Hirono for pressing Judge Gorsuch on whether he’ll defend the rights of everyday people to be heard over big donors. Before Gorsuch gets a lifetime appointment, Americans deserve clear answers on where he stands.”

Money in politics has emerged as a key theme in Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing, with seven of nine Democratic Senators–including Sen. Hirono–raising the issue in their opening statements yesterday and many senators raising the issue today

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. Over 120 democracy, civil rights, environmental, labor, and other organizations submitted a letter to senators urging they press him to clarify his position. 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.

As Demos and Campaign Legal Center wrote in January, Judge Gorsuch’s record suggests he would vote to give wealthy donors even more power in our elections. He believes corporations are people, has supported a legal standard that could lead to the end of contribution limits, and regularly sides with the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyday people.