After the SCOTUS rulings in CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION , this should be interesting.
Virginia Thomas, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife has decided to launch a Tea Party Group. Virgina Thomas told the LA Times that [the organization] would accept donations from various sources — including corporations — as allowed under campaign finance rules recently loosened by the Supreme Court.
I can’t help but wonder about the timing of this, which is actually the least thing that piques my curiosity here. Is there not a conflict of interest here?
Read the entire story: LA Times:
The nonprofit run by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is likely to test notions of political impartiality for the court.
By Kathleen Hennessey
As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken, Midwestern cadence, the story of her involvement in the “tea party” movement is the tale of an average citizen in action.
“I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you,” she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.”
But Thomas is no ordinary activist.
She is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and she has launched a tea-party-linked group that could test the traditional notions of political impartiality for the court.
In January, Virginia Thomas created Liberty Central Inc., a nonprofit lobbying group whose website will organize activism around a set of conservative “core principles,” she said.
The group plans to issue score cards for Congress members and be involved in the November election, although Thomas would not specify how. She said it would accept donations from various sources — including corporations — as allowed under campaign finance rules recently loosened by the Supreme Court.
“I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country,” Thomas, who goes by Ginni, said on the panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great.”
The move by Virginia Thomas, 52, into the front lines of politics stands in marked contrast to the rarefied culture of the nation’s highest court, which normally prizes the appearance of nonpartisanship and a distance from the fisticuffs of the politics of the day. More>>>
All indications show that this is NOT a conflict of interest. However, as the article points out further down in the piece, Justice Thomas would have to keep a close eye that contributors to the organization don’t have a case before the Supreme Court.
This is disturbing to say the least. Also, the article states that Mrs. Thomas is a Glenn Beck fan.
‘Nuff said about the idiocy and chilling effect of this entire thing.