Clarence Thomas’ Wife Forms Tea Party to Fight Obama’s ‘Hard-Left Agenda’

March 14, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, may have some impartiality and conflicts of interest problems ahead. Thomas, a conservative Bush nominee, was part of the 5-4 majority decision in the controversial case, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, allowing corporations to use their unlimited profits to influence federal elections. Now, his wife Virginia Thomas, a fan of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, is taking advantage of the newly released spigot of corporate cash. She has formed a tea party lobbying group to rake in corporate money to fight against President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.” She describes herself, as an “ordinary citizen,” but that’s obviously not the case. Besides being married to a judge on the highest court in the land, Virginia Thomas is a former right-wing political operative for the Heritage Foundation and former Republican Rep. Dick Armey, who now runs FreedomWorks, a front group for corporate interests that funds tea party groups.

The LA Times reported on Virginia Thomas’ new tea party venture on Sunday. Thomas, 52, who goes by Ginny, formed Liberty Central Inc., in January, to solicit corporate donations to fund tea party activism based on conservative “core principles.” Her bio on the group’s Web site lists her as President and CEO and gushes that she “finds the new citizen activists inspirational!” And says, she plans to use Liberty Central, “as a clearinghouse for new and more effective online activism.” The LA Times noted, “As a a 501(c)(4) non-profit, Liberty Central can raise unlimited amounts of corporate money and largely avoid disclosing its donors.”

Ginny Thomas points out she is a fan of hate talker Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing talk radio hosts:

“Ginni, the ‘proud’ Nebraskan, is a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts. She is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully.”

The list of names under the endorsements section of Liberty Central’s Web site, is even more revealing. At the top of the list is Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, of the Tea Party Patriots, which is closely associated with FreedomWorks. Other endorsers, include Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense under the Bush administration, the Heritage Foundation and vilified Washington lobbyist Rick Berman, known as Dr. Evil and dubbed by 60 minutes, as “the booze and food industries’ weapon of mass destruction.”

Ginny Thomas recently spoke at the CPAC conference, praising the teabaggers. “I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country,” she said. “I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great.”

“I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you,” she continued. And she pledged to fight against what she called President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.”

Although there are no rules banning the political activism of Supreme Court Justices’ wives, the corporate money pouring into Ginny Thomas’ group will largely remain hidden, making it easy for pay-for-play schemes, in which a corporation with a case before the highest court may try to influence the outcome, by donating large sums of money to Liberty Central. In such cases, Justice Thomas would be required to disclose a possible conflict of interest, but recusal from the case would be entirely up to Thomas.

Ginnie Thomas dismissed concerns of conflicts of interest, saying “I don’t involve myself in litigation.” Justice Thomas declined to comment.

As pointed out by the LA Times, this is not the first time Ginnie Thomas’ right-wing activism has raised eyebrows:

“In 2000, while at the Heritage Foundation, she was recruiting staff for a possible George W. Bush administration as her husband was hearing the case that would decide the election. When journalists reported her work, Thomas said she saw no conflict of interest and that she rarely discussed court matters with her husband.”

Ginnie Thomas’ group Liberty Central plans to become involved in the November mid-term elections, but she was vague on specifics.

See the LA Times for more.


Comments

18 Responses to “Clarence Thomas’ Wife Forms Tea Party to Fight Obama’s ‘Hard-Left Agenda’”

  1. bettyann on March 15th, 2010 7:13 pm

    A little biased in our reporting, aren’t we? Or are you “progressive” socialists so arrogant that you must be right, since ti’s what YOU think? And F**k the rest of the country, who by and large out numbers you with THEIR opinion?

    But then, you probably don’t know anybody who disagrees with you. I guess you will find out in Novemeber, when you all get your axes kicked out of the majority’s government.

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  8. stinky on March 16th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Hey stupid, Rush L is a truth talker instead of a liar like you and your USA haters! I used to be a Dem until the radicals took over the party and Rush educated me to the truth. I listened to him directly instead of those who were telling lies about him. Find another country to move to if you find so much wrong with this one.

  9. Elaine Field on March 16th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Go Virginia, GO!

    I have admired Clarence Thomas for a long time and it made me ill what he was put through to become a Surpreme Court Judge. Then reading his book and learning of his background – what a marvelous individual! Now I know why he married you, Virginia. People of deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and a deep love for our country must endure and put themselves “out there” to keep this nation free.We were designed from the beginnig to secure LIFE – and treasure it (not gov. funded abortions). Secure LIBERTY – make our wishes known to our leaders – (not the gov. telling us what it wants for us). Pursuit-of-Happiness – have the freedom to start a business or do what ever a person chooses – (not have the gov. make it so difficult by requiring so many gov. demands to be followed that a business or peron will fail). Virginia – go out there and do all you can to keep this land the way our founding fathers designed for U.S.
    God bless you and America

  10. Brian on June 7th, 2010 10:23 pm

    I am a member of many Tea Party groups. Never has there been a dime or an organizer from anywhere other than grass roots. No money, no buses, no influence at all from any orginized source. Only citizens organizing. Hmm? Acorn? SEIU? It is obvious who the patriots are and grass roots really are. That old document called the constitution is alive and well and makin a comeback! See ya in November!

  11. Brian on June 7th, 2010 10:23 pm

    I am a member of many Tea Party groups. Never has there been a dime or an organizer from anywhere other than grass roots. No money, no buses, no influence at all from any orginized source. Only citizens organizing. Hmm? Acorn? SEIU? It is obvious who the patriots are and grass roots really are. That old document called the constitution is alive and well and makin a comeback! See ya in November!

  12. Sterling W Boswell on June 8th, 2010 6:27 am

    Sometimes I wonder if those who live off our Tax money, and those annointed ones to perpetuate those government programs for those parasites do not out number real Americans. The Tea Party movement is awakening us from our apathy. May God give us perserverance .

  13. Mary on June 8th, 2010 3:19 pm

    “hate talker Rush Limbaugh”————-

    And none of your people EVER could be identified as HATE TALKERS? How about Chris “tingle up my leg” Matthews, Ohlberman, and the loud mouth talk radio guy who’s invited to the White House, then there’s the hate talker from Minnesota who ACORN put into the senate through voter fraud. Those are just a few examples – but your side showed for eight years who the best hate talkers were (while George Bush was in office) and even went so far as to produce films about Bush’s assassination.

    Your hypocrisy is overwhelming. When people start losing the war, desperation sets in. November will be so delicious!

  14. Jill on October 20th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Good for her! Before I heard about her I was really caught off guard to find out that almost all Democratic Party Federal Government Staff in Washington are lawyers, or have just been to law school. Most of them do not have degrees in the positions they are holding in the Whitehouse. No wonder there us a lot of talk and arguements and payouts. The Government cannot be run like a courtroom. What kind of business is that? Now I do not feel confident in the way the Government is been run.
    Good for Virgiinia Thomas!

  15. David Howard on October 20th, 2010 8:37 pm

    Clarence Thomas,

    Google “Quadri-Track ZCT”

  16. paul r. dunn on November 1st, 2010 11:05 am

    There are legal matters and ethical matters at stake here. The Justice’s wife can do as she wishes thanks to the Bill of Rights. The Justice however has a higher calling because the ethical standards of the court transcend his money-grubbing wife’s interest in Beckish political actions. Her donors may have present or future issues before this Justice and she will have been a recipient of that person’s money, as will the Justice. Will he recuse himself from all such cases and how can will the public know that he is above reproach. It is a dilemna of his own doing since he voted with the Citizens United majority thus keeping such funds’ donors secret. The Judge arrived on the court with a dark cloud over his head; his wife has now darkened the cloud even more. One is reminded of the line, “Sir, have you lost all sense of dignity.”

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  18. Interesting Fact of the Day « Julie Rants and Raves on February 13th, 2011 5:00 pm

    […] Perhaps he is bored, insecure, already made up his mind, dreaming of nasty things, thinking of Coke cans or just calculating the millions Ginny will make off those Tea party suckers. […]

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