WASHINGTON, DC – As the Supreme Court wraps up the second week of its new term, Accountable.US today published a new report revealing that billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow stands to benefit from at least four cases the high court has on the docket.
Crow, a conservative megadonor and real estate mogul, has maintained a years-long personal relationship with Justice Clarence Thomas, resulting in numerous ethics scandals. Crow’s interests in key cases this term prompt questions about Justice Thomas’s impartiality, reupping widespread calls for his recusal.
It was Harlan Crow’s decades-long relationship with Justice Thomas that sparked the Supreme Court corruption crisis in the first place. Now, Crow and other billionaire benefactors continue to benefit from their friends on the high court — and Chief Justice Roberts refuses to do anything about it. It’s far past time for Roberts and his conflicted justices to stop putting their billionaire pals over everyday Americans,” said Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone.
New Accountable.US research has uncovered Harlan Crow’s interests in at least four key Supreme Court cases this term, including: Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, CFPB v. CFSA, and Moore v. United States.
In Loper, the Supreme Court will hear a major challenge against the longstanding Chevron doctrine. Crow’s business has repeatedly shown an interest against this crucial legal precedent, submitting comments and amicus briefs in support of limiting the doctrine.
In CFPB v. CFSA, the Supreme Court heard a challenge against the constitutionality of the CFPB’s funding structure. Major industry sponsors of a Crow-linked group have been ordered to pay billions in CFPB enforcement actions for illegal practices — a clear motivator to gut the CFPB in the critical case.
In Moore, the Supreme Court may prevent the creation of a federal wealth tax. Crow, a billionaire himself who has been accused of illegally dodging taxes through the yacht on which Justice Thomas took free trips, stands to benefit if the high court rules to shield his vast fortunes from a wealth tax. Crow’s wife is also on the board of the Manhattan Institute, which filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take up Moore.
Read the full report here.
Ahead of the new term, Accountable.US led over 40 watchdog and accountability groups in sending a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts demanding he ensure conflicted justices recuse themselves from key cases. Accountable.US also launched a campaign highlighting the corrupt Court on the first day of its new term.