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Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and other Republicans pointed out on Monday that leftist dark money groups have backed Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bid for the Supreme Court.
Leftist dark money groups have long pushed for the advancement of Judge Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court, Graham noted.
The progressive judicial group Demand Justice has pushed Jackson to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court and for her to serve on the Supreme Court. Demand Justice previously operated under part of a massive leftist dark money network organized by the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
Demand Justice had already announced a $1 million ad campaign in support of Jackson and it plans to spend much more. The group had a projected budget of $7.5 million for 2022.
Demand Justice is one of several leftist dark money groups, as documented by Breitbart News.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) claimed during the Supreme Court nomination hearings on Monday that the current Supreme Court is built by dark money, even though Whitehouse is a recipient of leftist money.
The present Court is The Court That Dark Money Built. Anonymous donations funded the Federalist Society while it housed the selection turnstile run by dark-money donors.
Judge Jackson is before us on her own merit, not at the request of a secretive right-wing donor operation. pic.twitter.com/0HBdYtyw3w
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) March 21, 2022
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called Whitehouse a “hypocrite” on the issue of dark money because Democrats typically receive much more in dark money than Republicans.
Many have noted that even before the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Demand Justice was readying a short list for Biden, which included Jackson.
Several leftwing activists have taken advantage of a possible Democrat majority and urged Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire and put Jackson on the Supreme Court.
After Breyer announced his retirement, Demand Justice claimed credit for his departure from the nation’s highest court:
Headline at a website run by the Democratic dark money group DEMAND JUSTICE, which had waged a pressure campaign urging STEPHEN BREYER to step aside:
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) January 27, 2022
Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon said in March 2021 that if Jackson were confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court, she would likely springboard to the Supreme Court.
“If she is picked for the D.C. Circuit, I’d expect her stay there to be rather brief, because I’d expect her to be the lead candidate for a Supreme Court vacancy in the event that Justice Breyer retires,” Fallon said. “And we’d be fully supportive of her in both scenarios.”
Demand Justice’s advocacy for Jackson was so loud that even Jackson admitted during her lower court nomination hearings that she knew of the group’s ad campaign for her.
The leftist judicial group has strong ties to the Joe Biden White House.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Paige Herwig, Biden’s point person on judicial nominees, worked for Demand Justice.
Elie Mystal, who is on the board of Demand Justice, said Jackson has the Supreme Court nomination “locked up”:
Breyer will not retire midterm and this leak is coming from somebody in the White House who wants to use it as a test balloon to get rid of Kamala Harris.
The universe where Ketanji Brown Jackson doesn’t have this all but locked up is hard to imagine. That’s my final answer. https://t.co/JqJM93OGF1
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 17, 2022
Mystal recently said the Constitution is “trash.”
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.