Groups Urge Full Senate Hearing on Judge Gorsuch Given Trump Administration’s Poor Track Record for Vetting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Michelle C. Whittaker, Director of Communications, 202-567-6103

March  14, 2017


Groups Urge Full Senate Hearing on Judge Gorsuch
Given Trump Administration’s Poor Track Record for Vetting

Overwhelming Number of Americans Want Money Out of Politics

WASHINGTON, DC  — Over 120 groups are urging members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to fully vet Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. During a press conference with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman John Sarbanes, representatives from Every Voice, Demos, and Communications Workers of America (CWA) highlighted the damaging influence of money in politics for everyday Americans. The Democracy Initiative joins with these groups in calling for a full vetting of Judge Gorsuch. The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice that protects the people, not corporations.

In just the first 50 days of the Trump Administration their track record of not fully vetting nominees has led to conflicts of interest and serious questions about nominees’ ties to corporate interests and foreign powers. Judge Gorsuch presents similar questions. “Judge Gorsuch’s lower court decisions suggest he would undermine civil liberties, reduces workers rights, and roll back environmental protections,” states Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative.

As shown in a new report released today by Demos, the Supreme Court has gutted protections against money in politics. The report notes that Supreme Court rulings have led to a total of more than $3 billion in spending on the 2016 elections.

“The Supreme Court has elevated the voice of corporations,” notes Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Emmanuel Caicedo, Senior Campaign Strategist at Demos, warned that Gorsuch on the Supreme Court could give the wealthy unlimited power to translate their financial wealth into political influence. CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson emphasized that “Judge Gorsuch will further tilt the scales in favor of the wealthy and the powerful.”

“The court is opening the floodgate for money in politics,” observes Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD 3rd District), who formed the House Democracy Task Force. “It is not just about how much money is coming in but where it is coming from.”

A recent national poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research revealed that an overwhelming majority (78%) of voters of all political persuasions want the senate to reject a nominee that would increase the influence of corporations in politics. Among Republicans, 59% of voters oppose a nominee what would favor more money in politics.

Every Voice, Demos, and CWA are members of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of 58 organizations representing 30 million members nationwide. The Senate will begin hearings on Judge Gorsuch next week. Members within the Democracy Initiative will be actively voicing their concerns to their senators throughout the process.

Read full letter online.