One thing that we all should agree on regardless of our political differences is that the U.S. Supreme Court Justices should be above partisan politics and absolutely should have no conflict of interest on any rulings they make.
Below is a letter we are sending today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today in regard to a very serious issue.
March 1, 2011
Eric Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder,
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) supports the January 19, 2011, request from Common Cause for an investigation into potential conflicts of interest of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in regard to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling. Should the Justice Department find that the Justices should have recused themselves from this case, we ask that you file a Rule 60(b) motion with the full Supreme Court seeking to vacate the judgment.
The SCSBCC is a 5000+ non-partisan advocacy organization representing the general interests of South Carolina’s small businesses. We were founded in 2000 with the principle that what is good for big business is not necessarily good for small business.
In this matter we are motivated to insure that the voices of small businesses are heard in the political and legislative process. The Citizens United ruling threatens our ability to do that because of our inability to compete in the area of political expenditures with major corporations. If the Citizens United ruling was improperly influenced by the same big corporate interests that benefited from the ruling, it is imperative for the good of our country’s small businesses and for the good of our Democracy and judicial system that the ruling be set aside.
Frank Knapp, Jr.
President & CEO