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RNC Blasts Obama Administration for Judicial Cronyism

- August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus today blasted the American Constitution Society (ACS), a “dark money” organization that doesn’t disclose its donors, for its part in influencing Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) in deciding to overturn Senate filibuster rules.  In documents only recently uncovered from a secret meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a group of liberal billionaires and millionaires that do not disclose their donors, ACS discussed its role in bringing an end to the filibuster rules, which in turn allowed three ACS network members to be added to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

“The actions of this Administration, Senator Reid, and secret organizations like the Democracy Alliance and the ACS with which they partner, are reprehensible and have no place in our country,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “The Administration and Senator Reid have hijacked the D.C. Circuit and have threatened the sanctity of the independent federal judiciary.” 

As a result of its advocacy, three members of ACS’s network were confirmed by the Senate to the DC Circuit Court, by most accounts the most influential federal intermediate appellate court in the country.  In essence, with the addition of the three judges from the ACS network, the DC Circuit Court is now packed with a majority of liberal judges, who will make rulings on the constitutionality of key issues such as Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, EPA regulations, immigration and a host of other issues.

“The American people, Congress, and the media need to hold this Administration, Senator Reid, the Senate Democrats, and their ‘dark money’ allies accountable for playing politics with the American judiciary,” said Priebus.

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