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Leonard Leo tied to 69 Percent of Right-Wing Amicus Briefs in Major SCOTUS Cases

Amicus briefs, or arguments filed by third parties in a case, have been on the rise since “Citizens United.” (Click image for article.)

Photo:  The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C., on November 5, 2023.

 

The past two years have seen among the most extreme and regressive Supreme Court decisions in modern U.S. history, with conservative justices yanking away rights left and right — while also granting protections to some of the most privileged people in the U.S. The past two years of Supreme Court cases have also had a stunning amount of influence from dark money puppetmaster Leonard Leo, a new analysis finds.

According to a Politico analysis published on amicus briefs this week, Leo and his vast network are directly connected to or affiliated with nearly 70 percent of 259 conservative amicus briefs filed in the seven most high-profile Supreme Court cases over the past two years, or about 178 amicus briefs. Only about 31 percent, or less than a third, had no connection, the analysis found.

In 15 percent of the amicus briefs, Leo was either a leader or financial backer of the group behind the brief. The other 55 percent of briefs were led by groups with a leader who serves on a board with Leo or who is within a “close-knit circle of legal experts” with ties to the Federalist Society, or groups that had received funding from Leo’s network.

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