Bought and paid for HO
Who just happens to be a Supreme Court Justice.
It's not just Harlan Crow: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas secretly reaped the benefits from several other ultrawealthy patrons
Their gifts include:
-At least 38 destination vacations, including a previously unreported voyage on a yacht around the Bahamas
– 26 private… pic.twitter.com/sBXQhaHhsz
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 10, 2023
Clarence Thomas’ 38 Vacations: The Other Billionaires Who Have Treated the Supreme Court Justice to Luxury Travel
by Brett Murphy and Alex Mierjeski
Aug. 10, 5:45 a.m. EDT
The fullest accounting yet shows how Thomas has secretly reaped the benefits from a network of wealthy and well-connected patrons that is far more extensive than previously understood.
During his three decades on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has enjoyed steady access to a lifestyle most Americans can only imagine. A cadre of industry titans and ultrawealthy executives have treated him to far-flung vacations aboard their yachts, ushered him into the premium suites at sporting events and sent their private jets to fetch him — including, on more than one occasion, an entire 737. It’s a stream of luxury that is both more extensive and from a wider circle than has been previously understood.
Like clockwork, Thomas’ leisure activities have been underwritten by benefactors who share the ideology that drives his jurisprudence. Their gifts include:
At least 38 destination vacations, including a previously unreported voyage on a yacht around the Bahamas; 26 private jet flights, plus an additional eight by helicopter; a dozen VIP passes to professional and college sporting events, typically perched in the skybox; two stays at luxury resorts in Florida and Jamaica; and one standing invitation to an uber-exclusive golf club overlooking the Atlantic coast
This accounting of Thomas’ travel, revealed for the first time here from an array of previously unavailable information, is the fullest to date of the generosity that has regularly afforded Thomas a lifestyle far beyond what his income could provide. And it is almost certainly an undercount.
While some of the hospitality, such as stays in personal homes, may not have required disclosure, Thomas appears to have violated the law by failing to disclose flights, yacht cruises and expensive sports tickets, according to ethics experts.
Perhaps even more significant, the pattern exposes consistent violations of judicial norms, experts, including seven current and former federal judges appointed by both parties, told ProPublica. “In my career I don’t remember ever seeing this degree of largesse given to anybody,” said Jeremy Fogel, a former federal judge who served for years on the judicial committee that reviews judges’ financial disclosures. “I think it’s unprecedented.”
NEW: It's not just Harlan Crow. Clarence Thomas has had a trio of other ultrawealthy patrons — an oil baron, investment guru and corporate titan — funding his luxury travel for decades.
— Brett Murphy (@BrettMmurphy) August 10, 2023
Thomas gets luxury vacations as part of his work for a right-wing nonprofit and in turn gives the group access to the Supreme Court which it sells to donors. Nice work if you can get it. pic.twitter.com/RabxwpLsmb
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 10, 2023
The latest on Clarence Thomas's undisclosed gifts from 4 billionaires, per @propublica:
• 38+ destination vacations
• 26 private jet flights
• 8 by helicopter
• A dozen VIP passes to professional & college sporting events
• 2 stays at luxury resorts in Florida & Jamaica pic.twitter.com/6vsbrYFCqi
— The Recount (@therecount) August 10, 2023