The Scheme by Sheldon Whitehouse audiobook

The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court

By Sheldon Whitehouse , with Jennifer Mueller, PhD
Read by Charles Constant

Kalorama 9781620977385
8.02 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781696609456

Following his book Captured on corporate capture of regulatory and government agencies, and his years of experience as a prosecutor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse here turns his attention to the right-wing scheme to capture the courts, and how it influenced the Trump administration's appointment of over 230 "business-friendly" judges, including the last three justices of the United States Supreme Court. Whitehouse traces the motive to control the court system back to Lewis Powell's notorious memo, which gave a road map for corporate influence to target the judiciary, and chronicles a hidden-money campaign using an armada of front groups and helped by the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The scheme utilized the Federalist Society as an appointments turnstile, spent secret millions to support the nominees, orchestrated an "amicus brief" signaling apparatus, and propped up front-group litigants to "fast-lane" strategic test cases to the friendly justices. Whitehouse finds the same small handful of right-wing billionaires and corporations running operations that he likens to "covert ops," ultimately enticing the Senate to break rules, norms, and precedents to confirm wildly inappropriate nominees who would advance the anti-government agenda of a small number of corporate oligarchs.

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Summary

Summary

Following his book Captured on corporate capture of regulatory and government agencies, and his years of experience as a prosecutor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse here turns his attention to the right-wing scheme to capture the courts, and how it influenced the Trump administration's appointment of over 230 "business-friendly" judges, including the last three justices of the United States Supreme Court.

Whitehouse traces the motive to control the court system back to Lewis Powell's notorious memo, which gave a road map for corporate influence to target the judiciary, and chronicles a hidden-money campaign using an armada of front groups and helped by the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The scheme utilized the Federalist Society as an appointments turnstile, spent secret millions to support the nominees, orchestrated an "amicus brief" signaling apparatus, and propped up front-group litigants to "fast-lane" strategic test cases to the friendly justices.

Whitehouse finds the same small handful of right-wing billionaires and corporations running operations that he likens to "covert ops," ultimately enticing the Senate to break rules, norms, and precedents to confirm wildly inappropriate nominees who would advance the anti-government agenda of a small number of corporate oligarchs.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An alarming…account of efforts to install conservative judges on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary…Whitehouse gathers copious evidence and strikes a fiery tone.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Sheldon Whitehouse

Author Bio: Sheldon Whitehouse

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Author Bio: Jennifer Mueller PhD

Author Bio: Jennifer Mueller PhD

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English