Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Clarence Thomas Had Conflict Of Interest In Citizens United

Put briefly, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to disclose that Citizens United spent $100,000 on ads in 1991 supporting Thomas's nomination to the Court. Thomas's receiving those in-kind contributions means, of course, that Thomas had a conflict of interest and should have recused himself from the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the decision that allows corporations to give unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.

Thomas neither recused himself nor reported the contribution in kind. The case was decided by a 5-to-4 vote of the Court.

Impeach the man. Right. Now.

(H/T klynn in a comment on Firedoglake.)

UPDATE:  Rachel Maddow has more about Thomas's failure to disclose other contributions to himself and/or his wife from organizations funded by the Koch brothers:


  1. Holy crap!... but nobody will do anything about it. They're afraid they'll be involved in a high-tech lynching...

  2. ellroon, that rumbling you just felt is not from a nearby seismic event; it's the result of the late great Thurgood Marshall's turning in his grave because his "replacement" on the Court is not merely conservative but unethical. Thomas is a piece of work.

    I suppose it means that America has arrived at racial equality if a black Supreme Court Justice can get away with unethical behavior just as a white Justice could.



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