President Biden’s choose for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is backed by a darkish cash group with shut connections to a prime White House adviser. 

Biden nominated Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, for the New York courtroom on Thursday. The liberal group Demand Justice contains Ho on its short list of potential Supreme Court nominees created to affect Biden’s judicial nominations.

Demand Justice, an advocacy nonprofit that hides its funders, is led by former Hillary Clinton marketing campaign staffer Brian Fallon. The group works to discredit Republican judicial picks whereas backing Democratic nominees.

It has additionally been the first left-wing judicial group pushing to pack the Supreme Court.

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Paige Herwig, who was beforehand Demand Justice’s senior counsel, serves as senior counsel and particular assistant to the president and is Biden’s level particular person on judicial nominations.

Additionally, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was beforehand a communications consultant for Demand Justice.

“With two Demand Justice alums already working in the White House, it should come as no surprise that the liberal dark money group is calling the shots for the Biden administration and handpicking judicial nominees,” Americans for Public Trust Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland informed Fox News. “President Biden ran on a platform of restoring American norms and values, yet from day one, the only norm he’s restored is the revolving door of dark money activists in the White House.”

Andrew Bates, a White House spokesperson, informed Fox News that Herwig didn’t affect the choice on Ho, and attributed it to Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.

“He [Biden] is proud to have acted on Senator Schumer’s recommendation and put this extraordinarily qualified nominee forward,” mentioned Bates. 

Hillary Clinton with then-spokesman Brian Fallon on her plane at Westchester County Airport in New York, in 2016.

Hillary Clinton with then-spokesman Brian Fallon on her aircraft at Westchester County Airport in New York, in 2016.
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Demand Justice praised Herwig’s appointment within the Biden administration as a judicial nominations professional in January.

“President-elect Biden is off to a phenomenal start when it comes to judicial nominations,” the group wrote on the time. “Paige Herwig is a brilliant lawyer and committed public servant who knows the judicial nomination process inside and out, and she’s been on the front lines of rethinking how Democrats should fight for our courts. No one is better positioned to carry forward President-elect Biden’s commitment to rebalancing our judicial system.”

Demand Justice isn’t a stand-alone nonprofit. Instead, it is a venture of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a fiscal sponsor managed by consulting group Arabella Advisors, which oversees one of many left’s largest darkish cash networks containing dozens of left-wing teams and initiatives. 

This setup permits Demand Justice to function primarily in secrecy. Because the Sixteen Thirty Fund acts as its fiscal sponsor by offering its tax and authorized standing to the group, Demand Justice isn’t required to file public paperwork resembling tax types to the IRS.

The judicial group’s full record of donors is unknown on account of its relationship with the Sixteen Thirty Fund. However, a nonprofit in liberal billionaire George Soros’s community, the Open Society Policy Center, provided $2.6 million to Demand Justice across the time of its inception, its grants confirmed. 

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Fallon additionally pitched the group behind closed doorways to a secretive membership of Democratic donors co-created by Soros, the Democracy Alliance, earlier than its launch. 

Ho, who has argued earlier than the Supreme Court towards the Trump administration, together with a profitable problem involving citizenship on the 2020 Census questionnaire, isn’t the one particular person Demand Justice has pushed to land a Biden nomination.

Earlier this 12 months, Biden picked Ketanji Brown Jackson for the D.C. Court of Appeals to switch Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

Jackson, who was confirmed, is also on Demand Justice’s short list of potential Supreme Court nominees.