Record-Breaking $1.6B Donation to Leonard Leo-tied Group Threatens American Democracy
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the New York Times reported that billionaire mega-donor Barre Seid donated a staggering $1.6 billion to conservative legal firebrand Leonard Leo’s far-right judicial group Marble Freedom Trust, likely the largest “single contribution ever made to a politically-focused nonprofit.” The group is one of many dark money organizations operated by Leo whose is massive in both its scale and influence, consisting of many right-wing judicial organizations that promote extreme views and support judges who oppose environmental protections, regulations, voting rights, and abortion access.
This unprecedented $1.6 billion donation to Leonard Leo’s Marble Freedom Trust instantly makes the organization one of the most serious threats to American democracy and the legitimacy of our judiciary. The ultra-wealthy have spent millions of dollars supporting the Leo network’s far-right groups to spread anti-democratic views and stack the federal bench with far-right judges eager to erase the rights of women, voters, and unions. They will stop at nothing to impose their fringe political ideology on all Americans.”