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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Nominees Ante Up Campaign Contributions to Political Patrons

A recent investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting, reported by Salon.com, revealed that “[a]t least two dozen federal judges appointed by President Bush since 2001 made political contributions to key Republicans or to the president himself while under consideration for their judgeships.”

Our own Nan Aron, president of AFJ, weighed in on the issue: “It is completely inappropriate for a lawyer who is under consideration for a lifetime federal judgeship to give campaign contributions to elected officials, especially those involved in the selection or confirmation process. It smells of corruption. At a minimum, it calls into question the nominee’s judgment and reduces public confidence in our courts.” Nan called for a ban on campaign contributions by persons being considered for judgeships, and urged that “the president and every senator who accepted contributions from judges or potential judges should go back through their records and return the money to sender.”

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