Big-money special interests reap huge return on dark-money investment

Sweeping protection for dark-money interests and widespread use of “shadow docket” dominate 6–3 Republican-appointed majority’s record

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Washington, DC — Senate Democrats — led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Majority Leader…

Washington, DC — Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the interim report of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States:

“This report is a disappointment to anyone who’d hoped for a hard-hitting effort to address the…

Washington, DC — Senate Democrats, led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), released a new report in their Captured Courts series on the corrosive effect of a Supreme Court controlled by dark-money interests on women’s reproductive…

Mr. President, I am delighted to follow the majority leader and his strong remarks about the beginning of the process of passing S. 1, not only to deal with the question of voting rights but to deal with the question of the dark money plague that is infesting our democracy…

Mr. President, I am here once again to shed a little light on the dark money scheme to capture and control our Supreme Court.

As folks may recall, my first two speeches covered the early foundation of this scheme — a prominent conservative lawyer Lewis Powell’s detailed strategy memo for…

Madam President, in my opening speech about the right-wing scheme to capture the Court, the Supreme Court, I described the secret strategy memo that Lewis Powell wrote on the eve of his appointment to the Court about how to deploy corporate political power.

As a Justice of the Supreme Court…

Madam President, there is a scheme afoot, a scheme I will be talking about in weeks ahead — a long-running, right-wing scheme to capture the Supreme Court.

Special interests are behind the scheme. They control it through dark money — hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous hidden spending. We…

This series of “Scheme” speeches is designed to chronicle a long-running covert scheme to capture the Supreme Court, just as regulatory agencies have often and notoriously been captured by regulated interests. The whole doctrine of regulatory capture in economics and administrative law revolves around this history of agency capture.

So…

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