United for Democracy to Congress: Don’t Let Extreme Justices Trade Our Freedoms for Luxury Travel
Washington, D.C. – Reports from ProPublica today show that Justice Samuel Alito accepted — and failed to disclose — luxury travel offered by conservative billionaire Paul Singer, only to rule in his favor in subsequent cases before the Supreme Court. In response to another instance of extreme justices traveling lavishly while the American people suffer from their decisions, Stasha Rhodes, Campaign Director of United for Democracy, issued the following statement:
“Yet another Supreme Court justice has been found accepting luxury travel and vacations from a billionaire who shares his ideological and partisan biases. With right-wing, corporate interests buying influence over the Court, it’s no coincidence that these very same extreme justices are spearheading an unprecedented assault on our freedoms.
“It’s time to call out these justices for what they are: politicians in robes rather than the balanced legal guardians our nation’s legal system needs. While extreme justices fly on luxury jets and enjoy private resorts, Americans pay the price of an ethically compromised and corrupt Supreme Court. The American people deserve a Court that interprets the law fairly, not one that tilts the scales of justice toward the wealthy elite and corporate CEOs who shower them with gifts. Congress must immediately act to check this Court’s abuses of power.”
United for Democracy is a diverse and growing coalition of more than 100 grassroots organizations, labor unions, and advocates for reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, the environment, workers rights and more, all representing tens of millions of Americans. The new nationwide campaign launched to educate Americans about the impact today’s Supreme Court is having on their lives, freedoms, and democracy — and call on Congress to rein in its unchecked powers.