Sen. McCaskill Cites Judge Kavanaugh’s Campaign Finance Views as Her Reason for Voting No on His Supreme Court Nomination


Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she will vote against federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Citing “dark money” in politics as the main reason for her opposition, McCaskill released a lengthy statement through her office Wednesday evening. The Missouri Democrat, who is in a heated re-election campaign, stumped in southwest Missouri earlier in the day with stops in Lebanon and Mt. Vernon….

McCaskill has repeatedly said she was focusing on Kavanaugh’s positions on anonymously sourced political spending, known as “dark money,” when she was reviewing documents provided to senators. Her statement cited a 2002 email from Kavanaugh to another attorney as support for her criticism of the judge’s views on money in politics.

“He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation,” McCaskill said. “He wrote, ‘And I have heard very few people say that limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems.’”


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