Recent moves from the left to add seats to the highest court in the land have raised serious red flags among conservatives, and the identities of the political operatives working behind the scenes of that push offer even greater cause for concern.
As Fox News reports, a collection of left-wing dark money groups – including some with close ties to progressive billionaire George Soros – is channeling massive amounts of funding to those working to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court from nine seats to 13.
Earlier this month, Democrat lawmakers led by Sen. Ed Markey (MA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY) announced plans to introduce legislation that would grow the size of the court and, presumably, fill the newly-created seats with liberal jurists. They were joined at the event by members of Demand Justice, Indivisible, and Take Back the Court, advocacy groups working to reverse the impact of Trump administration appointments to the federal judiciary.
What many view as especially problematic is the fact that the aforementioned organizations fall under the category of “dark money” groups that receive funding from anonymous donors, something which critics say allows them to disguise precisely who is behind their activities, as Fox News noted.
Demand Justice, for example, is headed by Brian Fallon, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton who is also closely affiliated with the Democracy Alliance group co-founded by Soros. Indeed, the Open Society Policy Center, part of Soros’ lobbying network, gave $2.6 million to Demand Justice in its earliest days.
According to Fox News, the group is shrouded in deep secrecy in that it is an offshoot of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, an entity that lends its legal and tax status to organizations that wish to sidestep public filing requirements. That Fund is itself managed by a consulting firm, Arabella Advisors, which played a major role in amassing over $700 million in dark money donations for far-left causes and candidates in 2019.
The Washington Examiner reported that Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), a co-sponsor of the court-packing proposal unveiled by Sen. Markey and Rep. Nadler, has collaborated with the American Constitution Society, another advocacy group funded by dark, Soros-connected money which is pushing for expansion of the Supreme Court as well as packing of the lower federal court bench.
In a rhetorical flourish that was particularly insulting to the electorate given his own recent association with nebulous funding sources, Jones declared that the U.S. Supreme Court “invited a torrent of dark money to flood our electoral process and set the stage for billionaires and special interests to control our politics,” as the Examiner noted. His characterization is especially egregious considering that a recent analysis conducted by Americans for Public Trust revealed that conservative groups were outspent by left-wing dark money groups by a margin of 5-1 in 2020.
Considering the deluge of Soros-backed dark money dollars being poured into Democrats’ court-packing initiatives and their threats to eliminate the filibuster’s procedural safeguards, Republicans find themselves increasingly at the mercy of one or two moderate senators from the other side of the aisle who may represent their only hope of successful resistance.