Lawyers collected millions while secretly acting as NRA fronts for Supreme Court amicus briefs

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According to a comprehensive report for Politico, as the Donald Trump administration with the help of Senate Republicans was ramrodding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh through his Supreme Court hearings, the top leadership of the National Rifle Association (NRA) were holding meetings at a Westin Hotel where they agreed to allocate funds to back a series of lawsuits they hoped would make it to the court as well as lining up and paying attorneys who would submit friend of the court briefs to boost their chances.

As reporter Will Van Sant wrote, the NRA for decades has been spending millions of dollars in fees and grants to lawyers who would make their case for them without the attorneys divulging who was paying them for their time and efforts.

In many cases, those arguments made their way to the now-conservative majority court.
https://www.rawstory.com/nra-supreme-court/

Full article here:https://www.politico.com/interactives/2 ... -lobbying/

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Re: Lawyers collected millions while secretly acting as NRA fronts for Supreme Court amicus briefs

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Saw that article on Politico. Will Sant works for The Trace.
The Trace is an American non-profit journalism outlet devoted to gun-related news in the United States. It was established in 2015 with seed money from the largest gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and went live on 19 June of that year.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trace_(website)

The Trace may be non-profit, but it's slant is anti-gun.
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Re: Lawyers collected millions while secretly acting as NRA fronts for Supreme Court amicus briefs

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highdesert wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:13 pm Saw that article on Politico. Will Sant works for The Trace.
The Trace is an American non-profit journalism outlet devoted to gun-related news in the United States. It was established in 2015 with seed money from the largest gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and went live on 19 June of that year.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trace_(website)

The Trace may be non-profit, but it's slant is anti-gun.
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Re: Lawyers collected millions while secretly acting as NRA fronts for Supreme Court amicus briefs

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Ok so if this is true, the NRA clandestinely bankrolled lawsuits — so what? There still has to be a legitimate plaintiff to initiate the suit. And many past civil rights lawsuits were bankrolled by nonprofits whose missions were aligned with the plaintiffs’ claims. What am I missing here? Personally I’m grateful that nonprofits bankroll the pursuit of lawsuits for causes that I support. Not a fan of the NRA here but this is fundamentally different from giving financial support to legislators to push bills etc. 2nd Amendment Foundation does better work with its support of lawsuits than NRA, are we now going to criticize that, too? The enemy of my enemy is my friend. ;)

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