Senate Hands Gift to Wealthy Special Interests
Gorsuch confirmation victory for corporations, loss for American people
Washington, D.C. — In confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court today after breaking the rules to do so, Senate Republicans did the bidding of the corporate special interests that spent millions to get a justice who’ll give them more power and influence in our elections, according to campaign finance watchdog Every Voice
Statement from David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice:
“Senate Republicans handed Donald Trump and big corporations a victory today, but make no mistake about it: the American people lost. Neil Gorsuch is a gift to the billionaires and corporate interests trying to buy policies to pollute our water and help Wall Street banks cheat people out of their savings. On the Supreme Court, Gorsuch will be another thumb on the scales of justice for the powerful, and we fear the Court will continue to make it harder for everyday people to be heard in our elections.”
Gorsuch’s record on money in politics is troubling. He believes corporations are people, an extension of Citizens United, and has suggested giving contribution limits a higher level of constitutional scrutiny than is usually afforded the right to vote. He would likely be the deciding vote on the Court for removing remaining protections against the dominance of big donors in our elections.
At his hearing, after several questions from multiple Senators on cases like Citizens United, Gorsuch did nothing to alleviate concerns that he’d give big donors more power in our elections if confirmed to the court. If anything, the hearings showed he’d be even more extreme than the late Justice Scalia on things like political spending disclosure.
In addition to the 20 senators who cited Gorsuch’s views on money in politics as a reason for their opposition, over 120 democracy, civil rights, environmental, labor, and other organizations including Every Voice urged senators to focus on this record at his hearing. 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.
Every Voice is a national organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone.