Study: One in 10 federal judges took trips on other people's dime

, The National Law Journal


The Center for Public Integrity dug through disclosure forms judges filed during the past 4 1/2 years and found that 185 federal district and appeals court judges — 11 percent of federal judges — reported attending at least one seminar at which foundations or corporations paid for air fare, hotel stays and meals.

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  • Pancho

    Thanks so much for correctly tagging the Kochs on this distortion of the legal process, just as they have done in the political process.

    Here's the top part of a list I got together a few years ago. Note the the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment devotes its entire budget to wining and dining judges, just as the Kochs heavily support the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes the laws that incarcerate so many for so long and give corporations the freedom to pollute.

    The Koch Brothers’ Influence Empire and the Kansas Policy Institute

    The missions of these listed organizations have a single common thread: Promotion of an antitax, antiregulatory atmosphere. They intend to gut government’s ability to protect consumers from systemic abuses and financial harm, and to expand the Koch’s political power. In addition to promoting extremist right-wing agendas, some of these groups, i.e., the Competitive Enterprise Institute, seek to undermine climate change science. Many policies of these organizations clearly intend to increase Koch Industries’ profits at the expense of public health, welfare and safety.
    Kansas Policy Institute’s prime focus is to destroy state K-12 education through support of various measures serving a dual Koch agenda: Inhibiting the rights of employees to participate in political processes and reducing corporate property taxes. KPI’s rising funding appears to be entirely from the Kochs, but sources are not accessible prior to 2007, to this author.

    Cato Institute—$13,887,640
    Citizens for a Sound Economy—$12,356,712
    George Mason University’s Mercatus Center—$9,674,500
    Americans for Prosperity Foundation—$5,610,781
    Heritage Foundation—$4,115,571
    Institute for Humane Studies—$3,630,091
    Bill of Rights Institute—$3,070,909
    Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas—$2,617,842
    Institute for Justice—$2,615,000
    Reason Foundation—$2,516,521
    National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship—$2,481,786
    Institute for the Study of Human Origins—$2,035,912
    Federalist Society—$2,058,999
    American Enterprise Inst. & Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies—$1,979,400
    Manhattan Institute—$1,575,000
    Washington Legal Foundation—$1,457,500
    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education—$1,400,000
    Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment—$1,385,500
    Kansas Policy Institute – Flint Hills Public Policy Foundation (2007-2009) $1,226,180

  • NoMoreMarxistsInDC

    The number is probably closer to 5 in 10 Federal judges are on the corporate dime. A cursory review of their financial documents from the Judicial Circuit's shows that most of these Federal judges have stocks and other investments in their pension portfolios showing many of the corporations that they rule in favor of.

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