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Liberal Group: Investigate Scalia and Thomas Over Citizens United Conflicts of Interest
CBS News ^ | January 20, 2011 | Lucy Madison

Posted on 01/22/2011 9:43:24 AM PST by prairiebreeze

Liberal nonprofit Common Cause is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in relation to the Citzens United Supreme Court case, arguing that their decision in the case raised "serious questions about the impartiality of" both justices.

"It appears both justices have participated in political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending, with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the decision," writes Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar in a petition to the Justice Department filed this week.

The organization contends that the justices should have recused themselves from the case, which opened the door to greater spending by corporations on election campaigns -- and that the controversial 5-4 decision in the case should be vacated.

The groups cited as evidence the apparent appearances of Thomas and Scalia at past political retreats sponsored by energy and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries. (The New York Times reported last year that the latest invitation to the event advertises Scalia and Thomas as previous guests at the retreats.)

Common Cause argues that if either justice "attended or spoke at a Koch Industries meeting" between 2008 and 2010 - during which period the court was considering various aspects of Citizens United - "it would certainly raise serious issues of the appearance of impropriety and bias." The invitation did not specify when the justices had attended the retreats in the past.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clarencethomas; commoncaus; commoncause; democrats; ericholder; fundedbysoros; libealfascism; liberals; scalia; scotus; soros; sorosfunded; spookydude
Law suits against Supreme Court Justices, how very liberal.
"Paging Mr. Issa, paging Congressman Darrell Issa. Your investigative services are needed at the DOJ."
1 posted on 01/22/2011 9:43:29 AM PST by prairiebreeze
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arguing that their decision in the case raised "serious questions about the impartiality of" both justices.

You did not rule in our favor so obviously your impartiality is in question.

2 posted on 01/22/2011 9:53:05 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Pontiac

Exactly.


3 posted on 01/22/2011 9:53:28 AM PST by prairiebreeze ( Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Investigate that group instead


4 posted on 01/22/2011 9:55:23 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: prairiebreeze

Insanity, just more liberal insanity.

The sad part is that, like the old saying,

“Throw enough $-it against the wall and some of it is liable to stick”.


5 posted on 01/22/2011 9:58:03 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98))
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To: prairiebreeze

You sure don’t hear much about Common Cause anymore. I thought this group of morons had gone under. I guess it’s fundraising time.


6 posted on 01/22/2011 9:59:35 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (They're not going to shut me up! - Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: prairiebreeze

How about investigating the two wenches that were appointed by the current occupant of the W.H. ?


7 posted on 01/22/2011 10:00:41 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Pontiac

It’s time to defund Common Cause.


8 posted on 01/22/2011 10:04:05 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: prairiebreeze

Rats are very sore losers.


9 posted on 01/22/2011 10:04:30 AM PST by JPG (There is hope for America and her name is Sarah Palin.)
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To: prairiebreeze

Ah yes, applying strong-arm politics against the judicial branch. How very marxist...


10 posted on 01/22/2011 10:06:38 AM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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as a matter of fact, it is time for some strong arming of the judicial branch...those that refuse to follow their oath or the constitution need to be impeached...my tagline says it all


11 posted on 01/22/2011 10:11:55 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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The Executive branch filing charges against members of the SC. That would be a sight to see. Libs are leading us into a quagmire that will require deep cleaning. They will be the first to go.


12 posted on 01/22/2011 10:16:15 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: prairiebreeze

The Libs are so desperate to regain control of the Court that they will try anything - including personal attacks on the justices themselves...

But will it work?


13 posted on 01/22/2011 10:17:33 AM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Pontiac

What about the openly homosexual, activist judge in California that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional? IS that not a conflict of interest?


15 posted on 01/22/2011 10:20:07 AM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: therightliveswithus
Soros and progressive friends

link 2009 article

Big liberal institutional donors to Common Cause include Arca Foundation ($1,395,000 since 2000), Carnegie Corp. of New York ($1,360,000 since 2001), Beldon Fund ($1,300,000 since 2005), and Joyce Foundation ($570,000 since 2002). Before he became U.S. president, Barack Obama served on the Joyce Foundation's board.

At least four members of George Soros's Democracy Alliance, the billionaire socialists' club, have also given big to Common Cause, which suggests that Common Cause is a Democracy Alliance-approved grantee. The list includes Soros's Open Society Institute ($1,225,000 since 2001), Lewis B. & Dorothy Cullman Foundation Inc. ($75,000 since 2004), Rutt Bridges Family Foundation ($23,000 since 2004), and Gill Foundation ($20,000 since 2004).

16 posted on 01/22/2011 10:35:23 AM PST by opentalk
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To: prairiebreeze
Common Cause argues that if either justice "attended or spoke at a Koch Industries meeting" between 2008 and 2010 - during which period the court was considering various aspects of Citizens United - "it would certainly raise serious issues of the appearance of impropriety and bias." The invitation did not specify when the justices had attended the retreats in the past.

They don't call the source for this story "See-BS" for nothing.

When, if at any time at all, were the Justices speaking to this group? It seems like a matter of a rather simple factoid check.

Oh, ha-ha! See what I did there? "Rather."
I am so comical.

17 posted on 01/22/2011 10:50:36 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (A zebra does not change its spots~Al "Nature Watch" Gore)
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To: prairiebreeze

Let’s investigate the true source of the hundreds of millions of dollars received by Vladimir Hussein Obunga in October 2008 - supposedly in ‘small’ individual contributions but most probably from the Saudis and the emirates. Which would explain, among other oddities, Obunga’s uncontrollable habit of touching his forehead to the ground [prostrating himself] before any goatsucking Saudi potentate. And we all thought Dubya’s holding hands with the visiting goatsuckers was beneath his office. Of course shutting down all stateside exploration and drilling couldn’t stem from a conflict at the highest level, could it? We are being raped and looted by the kaffir imposter and his slimy socialist cabal, to a fare thee well.


18 posted on 01/22/2011 10:50:48 AM PST by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: TheBattman

I would say that definitely is a conflict of interest but he of course denied that is was and no other judge has called him on it that I know of.


19 posted on 01/22/2011 10:53:32 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: prairiebreeze
It is unconstitutional for the DOJ to "investigate", and for any Federal or State Court to hear a lawsuit against a USSC Justice.

Only the House can investigate, only the Senate can hear the case.

It is that simple.

20 posted on 01/22/2011 10:59:15 AM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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Overthrow the court by any means necessary. Wonder which bright light on the left will take the case, and for how much?

It continues.


21 posted on 01/22/2011 1:13:48 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: prairiebreeze

I am SO SICK of these people doing their darndest to destroy our country.

It has been a full fledged attack day in and day out since Obama took office. From EVERY conceivable angle.


22 posted on 01/22/2011 1:24:39 PM PST by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

all the executive branch can do is appoint judges....after that, they have no control......the shooting of giffords, though sad and totally unnecessary, has created an opening on the federal court. A pro fence conservative judge was killed, and will be replaced by a constitution ignoring flaming lib commie....the real power is in the judiciary, and the house has control...all they need to do is their jobs


23 posted on 01/22/2011 1:43:10 PM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: prairiebreeze

TO YOU LIBERALS I SAY:

INVESTIGATE OBAMA OVER HIS UNDISCLOSED CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH


24 posted on 01/22/2011 4:07:36 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://wwvw.americanthinker.com2009/05/brack_obama_the _quintessentia_1.html)
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Agreed.


25 posted on 01/22/2011 6:28:05 PM PST by prairiebreeze ( Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!)
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To: TheBattman

good point


26 posted on 01/22/2011 6:29:06 PM PST by prairiebreeze ( Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!)
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So when it Geitner going to resign? He’s the fox in the hen house when it comes to the country’s money. Mr. I-Couldn’t-Figure-Out-the-Tax-Software.


27 posted on 01/22/2011 7:29:08 PM PST by madison10
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That sort of corruption goes for quite a few in Zero’s administration.


28 posted on 01/23/2011 2:06:53 PM PST by prairiebreeze ( Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!)
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Common Cause should investigate itself for its racist members that call for lynching and killing people...


29 posted on 02/04/2011 9:38:12 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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