Left-Wing Donors Behind ProPublica Funds Attacks On Conservative Supreme Court Justices

A nonprofit news outlet, ProPublica, which has been launching personal attacks on two conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices, is being funded by the same left-wing organization that has been actively pushing for their removal.

left wing donors behind propublica funds attacks on conservative supreme court justices
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks during an event in Washington on Oct. 21, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ProPublica has written multiple stories about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ alleged ethics violations while receiving donations from the same groups that are actively campaigning for the justice to resign or be removed from the Court, according to tax documents reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation on June 20.

The Sandler Foundation is the left-wing nonprofit accused of pouring millions into multiple groups attacking Thomas’ character, as well as supporting the attacks on his colleague, Justice Samuel Alito, as part of a wider effort to marginalize conservatives on the Supreme Court.

The organization founded ProPublica in 2007 and has given the outlet $40 million since 2010 to keep it afloat.

That same organization has been funding dark-money groups, which have been seeking to oust Thomas from the Court for years to replace him with a leftist.

ProPublica Caught Participating in a Conspiracy to Remove Justice Thomas

ProPublica has published several investigations over the past few months into Thomas’ relationship with an old friend, the conservative billionaire real estate developer Harlan Crow, which the publication called inappropriate.

The paper wrote about several expensive trips Thomas took with Crow, the developer’s purchase of the home of the justice’s mother, and paying for the private school tuition of Thomas’ grandnephew.

The stories have often included quotes from activists belonging to the various groups that took millions from The Sandler Foundation, reported the Daily Caller.

Several of ProPublica’s top donors were exposed as being major financial supporters of the left-wing groups attacking Thomas, such as those calling for an ethics investigation into his private life, based on the series of articles over his finances.

The Sandler Foundation was also behind the launch and/or funding of other left-wing groups, like The Center for American Progress, the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Sierra Club, according to its website.

It is no coincidence that several organizations smearing Justice Thomas are funded generously by many of the same donors,” Parker Thayer, an investigator at Capital Research Center, told the Daily Caller.

“The ‘pop-up’ public pressure campaign, where just a few donors pay dozens of ‘grassroots’ activist groups to give the appearance of broad public support for a particular issue, has long been a favored tactic of the Left’s wealthy special interests,” Thayer added.

The Sandler Foundation has also given more than $7.5 million to the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) since 2015 and more than $6 million to the American Constitution Society (ACS) since 2010, according to tax forms acquired by The Daily Caller.

Both organizations have called on Biden’s Justice Department to investigate Thomas for allegedly violating judicial ethics rules, despite not requiring disclosures for most family members, such as great-nephews.

Other tax forms show that the left-wing nonprofit gave millions of dollars to The New Venture Fund since 2019 and is part of a network of left-wing nonprofits managed by Arabella Advisors, which was founded by Eric Kessler, a former member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The Sandler Foundation also gave a $500,000 grant to the New Venture Fund for Demand Justice, a radical group that calls for aggressive tactics against conservative judicial nominees.

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Authored by Bryan Jung via The Epoch Times June 25th 2023