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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

Ginni Thomas Set Up $1-B "Force," Scribe Says

Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Leonard Leo, co-chairman of the Federalist Society's board, worked behind the scenes with the backing of a billionaire benefactor before the SCOTUS' Citizens United ruling, according to Politico's Heidi Pryzbyla, as reported by Brandon Gage for Alternet.

Ginni Thomas is the wife of embattled Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. I Photo: Gage Skidmore Flickr

That decision, Pryzbyla recalls, "loosened restrictions on campaign spending and unleashed a flow of anonymous donor money to nonprofit groups run by political activists.

In the months before the ruling dropped in January of that year, a group of conservative activists came together to create just such an organization. Its mission would be to, at the time, block then-President Barack Obama's pet initiatives."

Pryzbyla continues: "She also had a rich backer: Harlan Crow, the manufacturing billionaire who had helped Thomas and her husband in many ways, from funding luxury vacations to picking up tuition payments for their great-nephew."

A source claimed that "Ginni really wanted to build an organization and be a movement leader. Leonard [Leo] was going to be the conduit of that."

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