“Justice Barrett is ignoring important ethical standards to rule on a case that could open our democracy to further infiltration by dark-money influence, perhaps permanently,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told Forbes.
The companion cases both concern First Amendment challenges to a California law which requires some opaque nonprofit groups to divulge certain donor information to the IRS.
The lead petitioner in the case is a nonprofit run by billionaires David Koch and Charles Koch.
During Barrett’s relatively painless confirmation process, the group spent in excess of $1 million on ads boosting her image.
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch, recently launched ads to urge senators to confirm Barrett.
The spots are running in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.
“We hope you will consider seriously and address publicly the question of recusal in this case,” that letter concluded. »