Shady funding network is pushing Biden’s hand for SCOTUS pick

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Over a billion dollars was spent in 2020 by a secretive liberal dark money juggernaut to help Biden win the White House, win the US Senate, and keep the US House of Representatives.

The group Arabella Advisors, may not be a familiar name to you, but chances are they fund one or more liberal causes you are familiar with. Now, they are targeting the Supreme Court in their efforts.

Founded in 2005 by former Clinton administration official Eric Kessler, Arabella is comprised of five nonprofit organizations: the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Windward Fund, the New Venture Fund, the Hopewell Fund, and the North Fund. While they all operate under the Arabella umbrella, they address different policy issues.

Bill and Melinda Gates, Pierre Omidyar, and Hansjörg Wyss are among the billionaires behind Arabella, which provides funding to hundreds of stand-alone nonprofits across the country, as well as promotes leftist groups they found and control.

By using this financing scheme, these pop-up groups pretend to be small grassroots advocacy groups, when in fact, the money they receive all comes from one dark-money giant. Over $60 million was routed to Democratic political committees and Biden’s team by the Sixteen Thirty Fund alone.

Having no direct relationship with politicians, donors to the Arabella network remain anonymous, and they have no constraints on what they can give or what they can spend.

Arabella has been influencing nearly every piece of national policy in Washington, DC, in the past 15 years, with activists moving easily from its groups into government positions. There is almost no agency without senior officials connected to Arabella, from the Justice Department to the Department of Energy.

Demand Justice, one of these groups, was begun by the Sixteen Thirty Fund. $5 million in advertising paid for by this dark-money group attempted to thwart the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. The group will now use this money to influence President Biden.

In the aftermath of President Biden’s election, Demand Justice began harassing Justice Stephen Breyer into retiring. They ran aggressive ads and made a mobile billboard outside the Supreme Court that said: “Breyer, retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice. There’s no time to waste.”

Officials in the administration who have important roles in the upcoming nomination process have strong connections to dark-money groups. Before joining the Obama administration, both Paige Herwig, in charge of vetting judicial nominees, and Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the White House, worked for Demand Justice.

Further, Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff who is also on the administration’s senior search team with Herwig, is the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which received $3.2 million from the Sixteen Thirty Fund in 2020.

Biden has been captivated by the revolving door of dark-money officials, and they will heavily influence his choice. Demand Justice is ready to leap into action now that Herwig, Klain, and Psaki are all in place and playing important roles in the hunt for the next Supreme Court justice.

They have already launched an ad and are shortlisting candidates they deem sufficiently radical for the position. The four candidates on this list are also on President Biden’s shortlist.

Dark-money backers of Arabella are on the verge of nominating the next Supreme Court justice, a lifetime appointment whose decision will affect American lives for generations. Biden will be in the Oval Office for at least the next three years, so they’re just getting started on a left-wing agenda they’ve already paid handsomely for.

Ron Klain, the chief of staff of Joe Biden, told a ‘limited number’ of people, just before the news was leaked publicly, that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer would retire, the number two Democrat in the Senate confirmed on Monday.

According to reports last week, the 83-year-old liberal judge was ‘blindsided’ by the news before he could publicly announce it.

Dick Durbin, the chair of the Senate judiciary committee, said that he received a ‘surprise’ call from Klain on Wednesday morning informing him that Breyer would retire. Klain asked him to keep the news confidential. According to him, it was the first time Klain had ever called him.

Durbin’s committee would have to hear anyone Biden nominates to replace him.

‘So I think it must have been Wednesday morning when I received a surprise call at 9:30 a.m. from Ron Klain, not a usual person to call me. I think the first time he’s ever called me,’ Durbin recalled.

‘He said the president wanted me to know that Stephen Breyer was about to announce his retirement from the court and they were telling a limited number of people and that I should keep it confidential.’

One hour later, Fox reported on the story.

Durbin added, ‘That’s what confidential on Capitol Hill leads to, I guess.’

Biden confirmed that he would nominate a black woman who would succeed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires.

Breyer officially announced retirement and threw a wrench in Biden’s plans by demanding his replacement be approved before he retires.

“I am writing to tell you that I have decided to retire from regular active judicial service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and to serve under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 371(b),” Breyer wrote, referring to the statute dealing with retired justices and their ability to continue collecting a salary.

“I intend this decision to take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed,” Breyer added in the letter.


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