Joe Biden has made his decision and delivered on his campaign promise: Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first black woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The news has been confirmed by the Associated Press early Friday morning.
“BREAKING: President Joe Biden is nominating federal appeals court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, a source tells @AP.”
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 25, 2022
If confirmed, Jackson would replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his plans to retire earlier this year; Breyer is 83-years old.
“Jackson, 51, once worked as one of Breyer’s law clerks early in her legal career. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and for law school, and served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency that develops federal sentencing policy, before becoming a federal judge in 2013,” AP reports.
While many are celebrating the nomination as an historic event, others are concerned about the liberal dark money juggernaut that helped steer the decision: Arabella Advisors.
“Arabella, which former Clinton administration official Eric Kessler founded in 2005, manages a network of five nonprofit groups: the New Venture Fund, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Hopewell Fund, the Windward Fund and the North Fund. Each of these groups focuses on different policy issues, but they all operate under the Arabella umbrella,” the New York Post reports.
“Arabella network doles out money to hundreds of stand-alone organizations across the country, as well as the liberal pop-up groups they establish and control….This financing scheme allows these pop-up groups to disguise themselves as local, grassroots advocacy organizations, but in reality their money all traces back to one dark-money behemoth.”
Here’s a look at the convoluted web of Arabella Advisors as shared by Americans for Public Trust on Twitter:
Meet the liberal dark money network working in the shadows to select and place a far-Left progressive judge on the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/KBWguSZAq0
— Americans for Public Trust (@apublictrust) February 21, 2022
“One of these groups, Demand Justice, began as a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund….After President Biden’s election, Demand Justice started bullying Justice Stephen Breyer into retirement. It ran aggressive ads and drove a mobile billboard around the Supreme Court that said: “Breyer, retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice. There’s no time to waste.”
Jackson’s confirmation wouldn’t shift the ideological balance of the court, but it may raise questions about future selections and the confirmation process. Can SCOTUS seats be bought? Can weaker Presidents be bullied?
This story is developing…
— New York Post (@nypost) February 25, 2022