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Every Voice Praises Sen. Leahy for Grilling Judge Gorsuch on Money in Politics

March 21, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice praised Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for questioning President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on whether he would side with wealthy and corporate interests or everyday people.

“Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record suggests he would hand over even more power to wealthy donors and corporate interests in our elections,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “We applaud Sen. Leahy for asking these critical questions and pressing Judge Gorsuch on whether he’ll defend the rights of everyday people to be heard over big donors.”

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

During Sen. Leahy’s questioning of Judge Gorsuch today, he asked whether the founders meant for corporate money to be used in our elections, about whether wealthy donors should be able to buy votes, and broadly about the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision. Gorsuch repeatedly refused to offer his views.

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.

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