‘Ditch The List’ Campaign Releases New Ad Against McConnell Ally On Trump’s Supreme Court Shortlist



June 22, 2018

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Latest Digital Ad Takes Aim at Judge Thapar’s Ruling That Would Give Special Interests Even Greater Influence Over American Elections

WASHINGTON, DC—With all eyes on the possible retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the “Ditch the List” campaign began airing a new ad Friday on another potential nominee from President Donald Trump’s shortlist.

Ditch the List—a project of the newly formed Demand Justice Initiative—is devoting its third ad to Judge Amul Thapar of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The new ad highlights a 2016 ruling by Thapar that wrongly stated there was “no difference” between campaign donations and speech. The ruling, which was later overturned on this key point, reveals how Thapar would fully surrender our elections to special interests. Amid impassioned calls to reform the campaign finance system and “drain the swamp,” Thapar’s approach would have the exact opposite effect.

The ad also notes Thapar’s deep ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell twice boosted Thapar for positions on the federal bench, and personally called him a “friend.” As the ad notes, Thapar’s wife donated to McConnell soon after the Kentucky Republican helped Thapar secure his judgeship.

“The last person we need on the Supreme Court is a Mitch McConnell crony who will interpret the Constitution with the goal of helping Republicans win elections,” said Brian Fallon, Executive Director of Demand Justice Initiative. “The Citizens United decision was one of the worst in recent Supreme Court history, but Amul Thapar actually thinks it didn’t go far enough. If Thapar were ever picked for the Court, his rulings would unleash even more special-interest spending into our elections, drowning out the voices of everyday citizens.”

Ditch the List strives to educate Americans on how all of the potential nominees on Trump’s shortlist would act as reliable rubber stamps for him and his agenda. Earlier ads featured Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Ditch the List plans to continue releasing ads about Trump’s possible nominees throughout the summer, regardless of whether a Supreme Court vacancy arises this month. Overall, the project is committing a six-figure budget to these ads, which are running digitally in 10 states that are home to key senators who could determine the fate of Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee.

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