Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on confirmation hearings, the Supreme Court, and dark money.

Questions About Dark Money? We Spoke With a Senator Who Has Answers.

Questions About Dark Money? We Spoke With a Senator Who Has Answers.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 12 2018 10:39 PM

A Cancer on the Court

Dark money helped Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch get his spot on the Supreme Court. It could help Brett Kavanaugh too.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Rob Portman talk about Kavanaugh’s qualifications before a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in Washington.

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President Trump’s first appointment to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, benefited from anonymous donations worth millions. To Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, this “dark money” has created a frightening loop: Deemed lawful by the Supreme Court in 2010, it gives special interests a lock not just on elected officials, but on the courts themselves.

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