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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 01:14 PM

Democrats Ask Justice Barrett To Recuse In Case Involving Nonprofit Donor Privacy

Source: NPR

Democratic members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees are asking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from participating in a case involving a conservative nonprofit with ties to a group that gave at least $1 million to fund a "national campaign" to win Senate confirmation of her Supreme Court nomination.

At her confirmation hearing, Barrett refused to answer questions about whether she would recuse in the case, which was then pending before the court, but had not been granted review. At the time, she said it would "not be appropriate for me as a judicial nominee to offer an opinion about such abstract issues or hypotheticals."

But after she was confirmed, the court agreed to review the case, and there was no indication of a Barrett recusal.

The case, which is to be argued next week, was brought by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, created by the conservative Koch brothers. It challenges a California law, similar to those in other states, that requires tax-exempt nonprofits to attach to their state tax filing an IRS form that discloses the identity of their large donors. The foundation is seeking a broad constitutional ruling that would keep its donor identities secret.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/22/989595589/democrats-ask-justice-barrett-to-recuse-in-case-involving-nonprofit-donor-privac



This one is tricky. This group funded ads on her behalf, but there's no evidence that she ever met with, spoke with, or even knew of their support. If funding a campaign qualifies without any sort of notification or sign off, it would seem an exploitable way for a group to get a Justice they don't think will support them to recuse

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