Sign the petition
The petition reads:
“Dear Justice Thomas,
We respectfully ask you to do the right thing and recuse yourself from the upcoming Supreme Court case regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Federal law requires that Justices recuse themselves when their “impartiality might be reasonably questioned.” Given that your household has, by your own admission, directly profited from lobbying against the Affordable Care Act, and stands to further profit from a Supreme Court ruling against the Act, we respectfully urge you to recuse yourself.
[your name here]”
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It’s Time For Clarence Thomas To Recuse Himself
Watch our first letter delivery to Justice Thomas:
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is set to hear a landmark case on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act – even though he has a direct financial stake in its failure. Justice Thomas needs to recuse himself.
How blatant is Justice Thomas’ conflict of interest? 74 members of Congress urged him to recuse himself from any decision regarding the ACA – more than six months before it even reached the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas only revealed under longstanding legal obligation that opposing the ACA brought his household hundreds of thousands of dollars through his spouse Ginni Thomas’ lobbying – with promises of future gigs if she can defeat the piece of legislation before the bulk of it goes into effect.
Sign our emergency letter to Justice Thomas today: Recuse yourself from ruling on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
This isn’t a question of legal philosophy – this is a question of being honest. It’s time for Justice Thomas to recuse himself.
We echo the 74 members of Congress who joined earlier this year to affirm the following:
The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law. From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife’s financial stake in the overturn of health care reform is blurred. Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has ‘experience and connections’ and appeals to clients who want a particular decision – they want to overturn health care reform. Moreover, your failure to disclose Ginni Thomas’s receipt of $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, a prominent opponent of health care reform, between 2003 and 2007 has raised great concern.
This is not the first case where your impartiality was in question. As Common Cause points out, you ‘participated in secretive political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending, with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the [5-4] decision’ on the Citizens United case.
Given these facts, there is a strong conflict between the Thomas household’s financial gain through your spouse’s activities and your role as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.