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S. 4183: Judicial Ads Act

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Should the anonymous person who spent $17 million to get Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court have faced required public disclosure?


Anonymous political spending has surged in the past decade, enabled by 2010’s Supreme Court decision Citizen United v. FEC. Of the 12 organizations spending the most anonymously-donated money on political communications and advertisements since then, 10 lean conservative, versus one leaning progressive (Vote Vets) and one politically neutral (the National Association of Realtors.

This issue gained particular prominence during Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 Supreme Court nomination, when the group Judicial Crisis Network received $22 million in anonymous donations for ads and other communications promoting conservative causes, most prominently getting Kavanaugh confirmed. $17 million came from a single anonymous donor.

(Then again, it’s unclear how effective ...

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 13 pages
Jul 2, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 2, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 2, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 2, 2020

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