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Back in November, I posted the following:
After reading about how Justice Alito attended a $25,000-a-head fundraiser headlined by Michele Bachmann, and how Justices Scalia and Thomas palled around with the Koch Brothers, all the fuss NBC made over Keith Olbermann’s political donations seem rather insignificant.
You can follow all the links above for a video and more details, but you get the gist. How can two justices remain objective, or how can they pretend to be objective in the first place, when they’re mixing and snuggling with the very people for whom they ruled?
Washington (CNN) — A liberal reform group has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of conflict of interest by Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Washington-based Common Cause filed a petition Thursday with the Obama administration, urging that a controversial campaign finance reform decision be vacated because, the group says, the justices attended closed-door political gatherings sponsored by two top Republican donors and industrialists.
The request for a government probe comes exactly a year after the Supreme Court’s key ruling giving corporations — businesses, unions, and advocacy groups — more power to spend freely in federal elections, overturning long-standing congressional restrictions.
“It appears both justices have participated in political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending,” said the Common Cause petition, “with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the decision.”
Common Cause is not only asking for an investigation, they’re also recommending that the Citizens United decision be nullified if the investigation digs up any impropriety.
There is always a However. And this one’s a big However:
The Common Cause petition is, even by the group’s own admission, a long shot, since the Justice Department cannot compel any recusal, or vacate any decision. Separation of powers gives federal judges latitude to decide for themselves whether to pull of out a case.
Not only that, it’s hard to imagine the Justice Department taking C.C. up on this when they won’t so much as glance at BushCo’s scummy past.
Bush v. Gore aside, I have never felt so passionately about any potential legal case in my life. Citizens United has turned our democracy upside down. It’s because of that Supreme Court ruling that we’ve only begun to see exponential increases in undisclosed political donations, more elections being bought, and the acceleration of our transition into the United Corporations of America.