FSFP Joins 120 Groups in Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee: Press Gorsuch on Money In Politics Views

Today, more than 100 U.S. Representatives and more than 120 labor, environmental, civil rights, and democracy reform groups delivered letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to thoroughly vet Judge Gorsuch’s troubling record on the power of money in politics.

Free Speech For People joined this coalition, taking a stand for fair courts and curbing the unchecked influence of money in politics.

Judge Neil Gorsuch has a record of siding with the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else, and Americans deserve to know whether he believes all Americans should be heard in the political process. Senators on the Judiciary Committee must press him on these issues vital to the future of our democracy  and demand answers.”

As detailed in a factsheet  by the Campaign Legal Center and Demos, Gorsuch believes corporations are people, has supported a legal standard that would lead to the end of campaign contribution limits, and opposed accountability for corporate bad actors as a private attorney–views that if acted upon, during  a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, would further weaken our democracy and tilt it in favor of the wealthy and powerful.

As the letter states:

“In future decisions, the Court might erase our few remaining protections against big-money influence in campaigns and policy making, or permit a balanced political system in which all voices are heard and currently marginalized communities have a full say in the decisions that affect their lives.

Americans understand this, and 93% of voters think it’s important that President Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice who is open to limiting the influence of big money in politics. Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch’s record on money in politics and corporate power is deeply troubling, and suggests he would support increasing the power of the wealthiest interests within the system.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee considers whether Judge Gorsuch is fit to serve all Americans as a Supreme Court Justice, we ask that you vigorously pursue this essential question:

“Will Judge Gorsuch’s legal philosophy lead him to strike down even more protections against the use of corporate or personal wealth to influence elections, such as candidate and party contribution limits, or will he permit sensible limits on political money in order to ensure the voices and will of all Americans are fully represented within the political process?”

The letter was delivered Tuesday, March 14th, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein.

To read the letter, click here.

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