Alt Left Press 2017-02-03T12:21:48+00:00

Democrats demand answers from Gorsuch on dark money, but Manchin and Heitkamp don't care

Author: | Daily Kos ||

Thursday marked both real high points and frustrating lows for Democrats considering the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Standing up for transparency, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) wrote to Gorsuch and the dark money group backing his nomination, the Judicial Crisis Network, calling on them to reveal who has spent $17 million on Gorsuch’s nomination fight. The Senators want answers before Gorsuch’s confirmation vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

“Because the organization is not required to disclose the identities of its donors, the American people have no idea who is so aggressively advocating for your confirmation, or why,” the Senators write in their letter to Gorsuch.  “When asked why you thought JCN was willing to spend $17 million ensuring your confirmation over that of exceptionally qualified Judge Garland, you responded that we should ask them.  We have now done so.”

Gorsuch’s lack of transparency and refusal to answer questions wasn’t limited to just who was spending millions on getting him onto the bench. He was elusive and slippery throughout, leading veteran court watcher and reporter Linda Greenhouse to […]

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