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On Richard Burr blue slip watch Day #310, another reminder of why we need better federal judges

Blue slipThere’s yet another reminder today of why more and more caring and thinking people have begun to agitate and advocate for a better, fairer and more diverse federal judiciary. As Nicole Flatow of Think Progress reports, the fallout from the Supreme Court’s most recent disastrous campaign finance decision in the McCutcheon case is already hitting the fan:

“'[T]oday’s reality is that the voices of “we the people” are too often drowned out by the few who have great resources,’ wrote U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty Thursday. But after many paragraphs spent lamenting the corruption inherent in limitless permissible contributions to political action committees, Crotty, a George W. Bush nominee, struck down parts of the New York law that limited them, conceding that he is bound to U.S. Supreme Court precedent, ‘no matter how misguided . . . [the Court] may think it to be.’

Citing not just Citizens United v. FEC, but its most recent extension, McCutcheon v. FEC, Crotty’s ruling strikes down a limit on contributions by wealthy individual donors to certain types of super PACs that aren’t officially coordinating with any candidate or party. That limit, like the one at issue in the McCutcheon case decided just weeks ago, was not on how much an individual can give to any given PAC, but how much total any individual can contribute in a given year, what is known as an aggregate limit, of $150,000.”

In other words, the Supreme Court has now swung so far right that even a conservative Bush II appointee is outraged by the descent into highest-bidder elections.

It is because of decisions like McCutcheon that so many people are joining in the fight to take back the federal courts from the corporatists and theocrats. As Judge Crotty’s decision shows, this doesn’t mean that every judge has to be a liberal — just committed to enforcing the law and the Constitution rather than actively rewriting both to suit the demands of the Koch Brothers et al. 

To learn more about these efforts — which includes the fight to force North Carolina’s Richard Burr to end his absurd one-man filibuster of federal court nominee Jennifer May-Parker, check out the Why Court Matter website by clicking here.

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