Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would further rig the system in favor of corporate interests at the expense of Americans
End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) Action Fund President Tiffany Muller released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s final confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court:
“This week’s sham confirmation hearings made clear that Judge Amy Coney Barrett would side with the extreme right wing of the Supreme Court and further rig the system in favor of corporate interests with radical agendas. Coney Barrett repeatedly gave non-answers on the integrity of our elections, protecting voting rights, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act, and prohibiting women from making decisions about their own bodies.
“For 50 years, corporate right-wing mega-donors and dark money groups have been pushing the nomination of radically conservative judges like Coney Barrett in hopes of rigging the system in their favor. Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Senate are now enabling this rigged process by trying to rush a nomination to the Supreme Court because corporate interests are demanding it and they don’t want Americans to have a voice in the process. It’s corruption at the expense of the American people.”
Amy Coney Barrett’s record indicates that she would give corporate special interests and mega-donors more power over our political system, allowing more money and less transparency into our elections and supporting voter suppression efforts. On the Seventh Circuit, Coney Barrett, a member of the Federalist Society, repeatedly sided against the rights of everyday people. In fact, Judge Barrett sided with corporations over the people 76% of the time in 44 of 55 cases reviewed. Barrett has suggested that the right to vote was not an “individual” right, and said “that felons could be disqualified from exercising certain rights—like the rights to vote and serve on juries—because these rights belonged only to virtuous citizens.” She overturned a 30-year precedent and ruled to hamper the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to pursue restitution from companies that lied to consumers. Coney Barrett is on record criticizing the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. She’s also fought efforts that ensure all women have access to contraception, going so far as stating “that the ‘framework of Roe essentially permitted abortion on demand, and Roe recognizes no state interest in the life of a fetus.’”
This week during her confirmation hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett consistently refused to give her opinion on what should be straightforward answers, such as: