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Virginia 'Ginni' Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2017.

Ethical concerns about Justice Clarence Thomas remained center stage as new reporting revealed that Leonard Leo, a conservative judicial activist and longtime top member of the conservative Federalist Society, paid Clarence's wife Ginni tens of thousands of dollars. Read more»

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

While Leo is best known for his influence on the Supreme Court, he and his network have also worked to shift the balance of power in federal district and appellate courts, and state supreme courts, too.

In the largest known political advocacy donation in U.S. history - worth $1.6 billion - industrialist Barre Seid funded a new group run by Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who guided Trump’s Supreme Court picks and helped end federal abortion rights. Read more»