Thomas attended fundraisers for conservative political group, ProPublica report says

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, poses for a portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building last year.

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, poses for a portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building last year.

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New conflict of interest allegations have surfaced about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

In a lengthy article published on Friday, ProPublica reports that Thomas over the years has maintained a close relationship with the Koch network, one of the largest and most influential political organizations in the country, and that the justice, on at least two occasions, spoke at fundraising events for the conservative organization.

According to ProPublica, Thomas has at least twice been brought in to speak at private dinners for large donors to the Koch network. ProPublica described Thomas’s position as being “extraordinary” because he had served in a “fundraising draw” for the network, which has brought many cases to the Supreme Court. This year, the network has backed a challenge against a Supreme Court regulatory precedent that dates back to 1977.

Thomas has not recused himself from the case in 2021, and there is no indication that he will do so from the case this term, which is a challenge to the nearly 40-year old Supreme Court precedent

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where the justices unanimously ruled that courts should give deference to the interpretation of ambiguous laws by federal agencies as long as the interpretation is “reasonable.” The latest report from ProPublica is part of a series on Thomas that highlights conflict-of interest allegations, including undisclosed gifts and luxury travel paid for by a GOP megadonor.