There’s nothing much lower and making your iconic ,84 year old, women’s rights advocate on the Supreme Court look like she’s breached multiple judicial ethics rules, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is up to the challenge, A current DSCC fundraising letter, forwarded to me by a friend, does this AND lies to its supporters in the interest of separating them from their money.
- No, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg” does not “have a powerful message” about this topic. She made that statement more than 20 years ago, before she was “Justice Ginsberg,” when she told Senators that.
I assume that Justice Ginsberg neither gave her permission to be misrepresented in this fraudulent manner, nor knew the DSCC was planning on making her a party to a scam. She’s old, but she’s not THAT old.
- As a sitting judge of any kind, much less a Justice of the Supreme Court, lending her name and worsd to a political fundraising effort would put Ginsberg arguably in violation of of all five Canons of the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges:
Canon 1: A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
Canon 2: A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All Activities
Canon 3: A Judge Should Perform the Duties of the Office Fairly, Impartially and Diligently
Canon 4: A Judge May Engage in Extrajudicial Activities That are Consistent With the Obligations of Judicial Office
Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain From Political Activity
- …but beyond question Canon 5, which states,
A judge should not…
(2) make speeches for a political organization or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office; or
(3) solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution to a political organization or candidate, or attend or purchase a ticket for a dinner or other event sponsored by a political organization or candidate.
- The statement at the end about standing with the Justice is similarly deceptive. It implies that Ginsberg “stands” with this effort, which she cannot within core judicial ethics principles.
Yes, I am well aware that Supreme Court Justices are not formally bound by the Code that other U.S. judges must use for guidance. That as because, as the best of the best, they are presumed to be paragons of their profession in all respects. Conduct is ethical or unethical, however, whether there are written rules or not.
The DCSS is lying to its constituents, just as the Republican National Committee lied to get potential donors to open one of its recent fundraising appeals.
To slightly paraphrase what I wrote in 2010 about another national party’s dishonest and misleading fundraising techniques, “How can a party that conducts business like this credibly campaign against Republicans in the Fall on the basis that they are corrupt and unethical?”
Furthermore, why should any voter trust a party that scams its own party members with any power at all?