[Vision2020] Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) "...spent $7 million to block the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland..."

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 19:16:40 PDT 2018

Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
Judicial Crisis Network (JCN)Background

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) <https://judicialnetwork.com/>, formerly
the Judicial Confirmation Network, is a 501(c)(4) “social welfare”
that advocates on federal judicial appointments and elections. JCN was
founded in 2004 by Gary Marx and renamed The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) in
February 2010
[1] <https://www.desmogblog.com/judicial-crisis-network#s1>

JCN describes itself <https://judicialnetwork.com/about/>as “dedicated to
strengthening liberty and justice in America.” The group spends millions of
dollars supporting conservative federal, state, and local judges while
blocking opposition. JCN spent $7 million
block the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland and $10 million to
support Neil Gorsuch. In 2018, JCN focused on confirming President Donald
Trump's <https://www.desmogblog.com/donald-trump> judicial nominees. [21]
<https://www.desmogblog.com/judicial-crisis-network#s21>, [22]

Gary Marx
vice president of Century Strategies
<https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Century_Strategies> and founder of
Madison Strategies, worked as an executive in the PR industry while also
leading JCN as its president until 2015. According to 990 forms, Daniel
Casey took over as president in 2015, while Marx stayed on as secretary and
treasurer. Carrie Severino, a former law clerk
for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, serves as JCN's chief counsel
and policy director. [2]
<https://www.desmogblog.com/judicial-crisis-network#s2>, [3]

OpenSecrets reported
that lawyer
Ann Corkery and California real estate mogul Robin Arkley II were key to
getting JCN started, with Arkley providing seed funding and Corkery
direction. The group's launch coincided with a dinner that featured
prominent guests Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Leonard Leo
<https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Leonard_Leo> of the Federalist
as well as Corkery and Arkley. [4]

Tom Carter, a former associate of Leo's at the U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom, said “The JCN is Leonard Leo's PR
nothing more and nothing less.” As to the Federalist Society connection,
Carrie Severino “was working out of the Federalist Society office.
Federalist Society staff babysat her kids as the JCN project was launched.”
[5] <https://www.desmogblog.com/judicial-crisis-network#s5>
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