October 6, 2021

Dark Money Organization Handpicking Biden Judicial Nominations?

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, President Joe Biden nominated Dale Ho for a seat on the US District Court in New York’s Southern District. Ho is currently the director of the Voting Rights Project at the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union. The group Demand Justice, which has ties to the White House and secret donors, has Ho on their shortlist of potential court nominations. This has caused some to speculate about who is really making the judicial recommendations to President Biden.

The Background: 
Part of President Trump’s lasting legacy is his 226 federal judge appointments. He appointed 54 appeals court judges in his one term; only one short of Obama’s 55 over two terms.

Biden’s lasting legacy may be similar, but darker.

According to Fox News, the Biden administration’s judicial picks may be influenced by the liberal, dark money group Demand Justice. The group is led by former Hillary Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon and has ties to the current White House.

Paige Herwig, Biden’s senior counsel and special assistant, who is in charge of judicial nominations, was former senior counsel for Demand Justice. 

And White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was formerly a communications consultant for the group.

The group is focused on pushing Democratic nominations and undermining Republican appointees. They have also been largely behind the push to pack the Supreme Court.

But Demand Justice’s donors are kept secret. The group was started as a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund and therefore did not initially have to reveal its donors to the public. However, one known donor of the group is left-wing George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center, which donated $2.6 million.

Notable Quotes: 

"With two Demand Justice alums already working in the White House, it should come as no surprise that the liberal dark money group is calling the shots for the Biden administration and handpicking judicial nominees." - Americans for Public Trust Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland

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