A little-known conservative activist group led by Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, collected nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations to wage a cultural battle against the left, a Post investigation found.https://t.co/zZydvZdPIK
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 28, 2023
She (and her husband) aren’t doing this for the money — I’m willing to accept that their idea of a good time is trekking between Walmart parking lots in their RV – she’s doing it in support of the retrograde, authoritarian, domestic-terrorist-enabling beliefs espoused by the worst dark-money groups in American politics. She doesn’t care who knows about her actions… but her funders very much do want to stay out of the spotlight.
So delegitimizing such funding is probably all that can be done to prevent future revanchists from funneling money to groups who have as much respect for democracy as I do for household mildew, and for approximately the same reasons.
(As the old political saw goes: It wasn’t against the law when they showed up, but as soon as they did, laws had to be passed forbidding it.)
Everyone should absolutely read the whole article, so here’s an unpaywalled link:
… The previously unreported donations to the fledgling group Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty were channeled through a right-wing think tank in Washington that agreed to serve as a funding conduit from 2019 until the start of last year, according to documents and interviews. The arrangement, known as a “fiscal sponsorship,” effectively shielded from public view details about Crowdsourcers’ activities and spending, information it would have had to disclose publicly if it operated as a separate nonprofit organization, experts said.
The Post’s investigation sheds new light on the role money from donors who are not publicly identified has played in supporting Ginni Thomas’s political advocacy, long a source of controversy. The funding is the first example of anonymous donors backing her activism since she founded a conservative charity more than a decade ago. She stepped away from that charity amid concerns that it created potential conflicts for her husband on hot-button issues before the court.
Thomas’s activism has set her apart from other spouses of Supreme Court justices. She has allied with numerous people and groups that have interests before the court, and she has dedicated herself to causes involving some of the most polarizing issues in the country.
In 2020, she privately pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue efforts to overturn the presidential election, and she sent emails urging swing-state lawmakers to set aside Joe Biden’s popular-vote victory in awarding electoral votes. When those efforts were revealed by The Post last year, they intensified questions about whether her husband should recuse himself from cases related to the election and attempts to subvert it…
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