Texas judge deciding fate of abortion pill has ties to Leonard Leo

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Leonard Leo-linked judge Matthew Kacsmaryk will hear arguments in a critical case that could result in the main abortion drug being pulled from the market nationwide. Given his extreme beliefs and long history of conservative activism, it’s no surprise that anti-abortion activists filed the suit in a federal court district where Kacsmaryk is the only judge.

Leonard Leo and Judge Kacsmaryk both see the court as a tool to roll back rights and force an extreme, unpopular agenda on Americans. Kacsmaryk is merely a pawn in Leo’s game to upend precedents and policies he disagrees with — and it’s just the latest in Leo’s decades-long effort to ban abortion at every level and get rich while doing it.”

Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig.

Kacsmaryk’s ties to Leo run deep:

  • Kacsmaryk has deep connections to the conservative Federalist Society, where Leo is the current Board co-chair. 
  • Leo has financial ties to the firm, First Liberty Institute, where Kacsmaryk worked immediately before becoming a judge. After Trump first nominated Kacsmaryk in 2017, First Liberty Institute began paying the Leo-aligned firm CRC Advisors over $100,000 a year.
  • Kacsmaryk’s friend Roger Severino is married to Carrie Severino, a close associate of Leo and the president of the Concord Fund, which has gotten the vast majority of its funding from groups aligned with Leo.

Following an explosive Politico story detailing a circular payment scheme where Leo-connected nonprofits pay Leo’s for-profit consulting firms, Accountable.US launched the “Mr. MAGA” campaign to expose Leo’s extremism, corrupt personal dealings, and his influence through judges like Kacsmaryk. Learn more about Leo’s extremist agenda and the campaign at LeonardLeo.org.

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