Don’t Do the Slime if You Can’t Do the Time

Ketanji Brown Jackson was able to overcome the attacks hurled at her during her hearings and secure a Supreme Court seat. But as The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer explains, “the fierce campaign against her was concerning, in part because it was spearheaded by a new conservative dark-money group that was created in 2020: the American Accountability Foundation. An explicit purpose of the A.A.F.—a politically active, tax-exempt nonprofit charity that doesn’t disclose its backers—is to prevent the approval of all Biden Administration nominees.” We’re not just talking about the big names and the top positions. They’re going after everyone. That slows down democracy. It makes it less likely that decent people would want to work in government. And it serves no purpose other than to hurt the other party (and the country by extension). All it takes is money. So who is providing the money? “The A.A.F. describes itself as a champion of transparency, but it declines to reveal the sources of its funding. Its official mailing address is a handsome historic building a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. But when I stopped by there recently, to ask for the group’s basic financial records—which all tax-exempt nonprofits are legally required to produce—a woman at the lobby’s front desk said there was no such group at that address.” The Slime Machine Targeting Dozens of Biden Nominees.

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