Last week, a meme made its way around the Internet asking why Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was planning to rule on the healthcare law when his wife, a conservative lobbyist, has made so much money challenging the law.
Now, just days after healthcare law was upheld (with Clarence Thomas dissenting), new financial forms show that Thomas’s wife, Ginni, continued to rake in a profit from opposing healthcare reforms in 2011—even after she previously came under fire for doing so.
According to Thomas’s 2011 financial disclosure report form, filed on May 15 and obtained Friday by Whispers, Ginni Thomas made up to $15,000 working for political lobbying firm Liberty Consulting. The firm lobbied actively against the healthcare law, according to liberal news magazine Mother Jones.
Ginni formed Liberty Consulting after she was criticized for her work at Liberty Central, a non-profit tea party organization that also lobbied against the health care law.
In March of this year, Liberty Central was the subject of aletter sent to the IRS by Common Cause, a nonprofit that works for government accountability. The letter argued that Liberty Central violated the proportionality rule for non-profits because the majority of its activities were designed to help Republican candidates.
Ginni later stepped down from Liberty Central, but her involvement in conservative politics extends beyond these two groups. Among Ginni’s former employers is the Heritage Foundation, another vocal critic of the healthcare law. She also currently works as a “special correspondent” for the conservative website The Daily Caller.
In January 2011, Justice Thomas ”inadvertently” left out information about his wife’s employment, including earnings over the past 13 years that added up to as much as $1.6 million.
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
- Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
Mr. Thomas has, by all appearances, turned his position on the court into a license to print money for himself, his family, and a few choice friends.
Conservative corruption is nothing new in Washington, but Mr. Thomas has taken the practice to bold new heights, and finally, people are beginning to sit up and take notice. Thomas has been playing fast and loose with judicial ethics for a long time now, and though Supreme Court Justices are not technically beholden to judicial rules of ethics, his behavior has become so egregious as to warrant deep attention, and in my opinion, removal from the high court.
Clarence Thomas’s rulings as a supreme court justice are brazenly for sale.
Harlan Crow, who helped finance the “swift-boating” of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, financed a library project dedicated to Thomas, and gave Thomas’ wife $500,000 to create a Tea Party group that has since been throwing its weight all around the country.
Read the full article, it’s disgusting that he’s getting away with this shit, especially when the tea-party, who he is clearly affiliated with is supposedly the party of morals and god. (just had to hold back my laughter when I wrote that).
As Rep. Anthony Weiner’s alleged crotch-shot dominates the news, information on possible motives to deface Weiner’s credibility are surfacing under the radar. And as it appears, Weinergate just might be a smear campaign executed by conservative activists looking to defend Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
For months, Rep. Weiner has prompted Thomas to disclose the money his wife, Virginia Thomas made working for Liberty Central, a political organization that has openly opposed President Obama’s health care reform agenda. According to Weiner, Mrs. Thomas’ political affiliations put the justice’s impartiality on the bench in question.
Details of Virginia Thomas’ salary and other payments were disclosed Friday night as the press and most Americans prepared for the Memorial Day weekend.
The timing of Thomas’ disclosure quickly became ammunition for Weiner, who made it a point to shed light on the hush-hush disclosure via twitter, hurling numerous tweets at #ConflictedClarenceThomas.
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Hey everyone, this guy posted a picture of himself on twitter in his underwear with a boner, and oh, by the way my wife gets kickbacks from political organizations that might influence my decisions as a supreme court justice…. but but but but IMMORALITY BONERS ON DISPLAY!!!!!!!!