Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOP stacked Courts Legislate from the bench, used to legitimize Radical Agenda.

Republicans are having a field day trashing the constitution with win after win in what is now our conservative activist courts, most notably the Supreme Court. They waited a long time for this, so it shouldn't be a surprise to anybody they’re using the court to push and pass everything. It’s almost comical. 

Republicans knew many of the laws they passed would be legally challenged, and welcomed the idea, knowing the courts were theirs to command.  

One Wisconsin Now pulled the curtain back on the GOP scheme to funded the campaigns of all four recent activist state Supreme Court justices:
Today’s state Supreme Court decisions supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on workers and voters were spearheaded by a four-member majority bloc that was elected through $8 million in spending by two of Walker’s biggest special interest supporters – Wisconsin Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce … extremely active in the Supreme Court races in support of each of the most recent electoral efforts of Justices Annette Ziegler, Michael Gableman, David Prosser and Patience Roggensack. The four were elected to 10-year terms in campaigns from 2007 to 2013.

Gov. Scott Walker admitted he personally solicited contributions for the Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCFG) in 2011 and 2012. During early 2011, WCFG spent an estimated $320,000 plus in advertising surrounding Justice David Prosser's re-election race, and funded the entire budget of another group, Citizens for a Strong America (CSA), that spent over $800,000. 

A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign total of the spending on behalf of Justice Prosser, including his own campaign, showed that spending of WCFG, WMC and the WCFG-financed Citizens for a Strong America, provided 75 percent of the $3.5 million in spending on behalf of Justice Prosser. If the public financing grant obtained by Justice Prosser is removed as "spending," this figure leaps to a jaw-dropping 85 percent. 

A review of spending on behalf of Justice Michael Gableman, shows a similar and stunning lopsided percent from WCFG and WMC. These two entities provided in excess of 70 percent of the $3.2 million spent on his 2008 election campaign to the court.
Don't forget, Justice Prosser put his hands around the neck of one of the more liberal justices to make his point.

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