Three liberal groups -- MoveOn.org, People for the American Way and Alliance for Justice Action Campaign -- have launched a new ad attacking the Supreme Court for recently getting too cozy with big corporations.
The ad (seen below) is titled "The Supreme Court: Corporate America's Newest Subsidiary?" and argues that recent moves such as the Court's Citizen's United decision, last year's Gross v. FBL Financial Services decision against age discrimination measures, and a dual set of rulings which weakened the EPA's Clean Water Act, serve as proof that the Supreme Court is in the pocket of big business.
Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org said in a statement that all of this makes President Obama's choice to be the next Supreme Court Justice even more critical.
"We have seen the Roberts Court repeatedly put the expansion of corporations rights and powers over those of individuals," Ruben said. "Americans need someone to fill Justice Stevens' shoes who will show the same conviction in fighting for the rights of the other 98% of America--who are working hard and trying to make ends meet. Our country must have a real debate over the issues that matter and the future of the Court. Not the politics as usual that has become the norm for Supreme Court nomination battles."
The ad will run in the Washington Post next week, after being rejected by the New York Times.