Bush Nominated Judges Made Contributions To Republicans While Under Consideration

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According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, in conjunction with Salon.com, 6 appellate court judges and 18 district court judges, nominated by the Bush Administration, since 2001 made donations to either Bush himself, or key republicans, while being considered for their current posts.

Republicans who received money from judges en route to the bench include Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Gov. George Pataki of New York.

While these donations are not technically illegal, they do raise some ethical questions. Making donations of this sort, were they seated judges, would violate the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges.

As if enough weren't already being done to undermine the public's confidence in "The System," do we really need scandals like this. I somehow doubt we will see impeachment proceedings as a result of this behavior, as nothing illegal has been done; but, it would be nice to see some ethics hearings for the politicians who took the donations from people they were considering.


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