Updated: Jun 5
This morning I’m beating a dead horse - namely Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas. I referred to him yesterday but the story goes on. Admittedly he’s not a horse and he certainly isn’t dead, but you know what I mean.
Leonard Leo is a leader of The Federalist Society, an ultra right-wing think tank that came up with the names of potential Supreme Court judges that Donald Trump was directed to choose from in filling vacancies. That’s how we got Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett - a series of appointments that changed history.
Anyway, Leo was also associated with another group called the Judicial Education Project which lobbied for conservative causes. So about 10 years ago he asked his friend Kellyanne Conway, who worked as a Republican pollster, to bill his group for services which were not rendered, and then pass the money on to Ginni Thomas, Clarence’s wife. Leo made sure to say to Kellyanne, “no mention of Ginni, of course”, in the paperwork.
Well, Conway transferred the money and then lo and behold, when the Judicial Education Project filed a brief with the high court in the landmark case, Shelby County vs. Holder, Clarence Thomas was one of the 5 justices who voted to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, thereby giving Leonard Leo exactly what he was looking for.
Money talks....even at the Supreme Court.