EVENT ADVISORY: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Panelists to Discuss Dark Money and the Federal Courts

Washington, D.C. — The current U.S. Supreme Court term will feature several cases attempting to use the First Amendment to attack fundamental civil rights—such as women’s health in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra; workers’ rights in Janus v. AFSCME; and LGBTQ rights in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This is not a coincidence; it is part of concerted strategy that was meticulously executed by a web of right-wing, dark money organizations.

The same dark money groups influence the court’s analysis of cases through strategic litigation and amicus briefs, fund the elections of conservative attorneys general, and spend millions to appoint ideological judges to the federal courts.

Please join the Center for American Progress as we explore the influence that dark money groups have on the federal courts and on cases before the Supreme Court—and what we can do to fight it.

Press are welcome to RSVP by following this link.


Featured panelists:

Billy Corriher, Senior Researcher, Facing South, Institute for Southern Studies
Kaylie Hanson Long, National Communications Director, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Sarah Posner, Reporting Fellow, The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute
Mark Joseph Stern, Courts Reporter, Slate

Moderated by:
Michele Jawando, Vice President, Center for American Progress

Closing remarks:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


Monday, May 21, 2018
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

A light lunch will be served at 12:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.