Years of scheming has given wealthy conservatives a big voice in Supreme Court picks.
Supported by generous donations from conservative billionaires such as the Koch brothers, the Federalist Society has spent decades grooming promising young law students and attorneys to fill vacancies on the federal courts. This long-range effort has born fruit in the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Unites States Supreme Court and now the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to take the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were picked by President Donald Trump straight from a list of pro-business, anti-regulation conservative judges compiled by the Federalist Society. Rich right-wing donors have gotten a big return on their investment.
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