Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife received $150,000 from anti-health care reform group
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas released his new financial disclosure form on Friday under pressure from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and others.
Mother Jones reported that his financial disclosure form indicates his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, received a $150,000 salary from the group Liberty Central in 2010 and less than $15,000 from an anti-health care reform lobbying firm she founded.
Liberty Central, which she helped found, supports the repeal of the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Weiner had taunted Thomas via Twitter on Friday, but his criticisms where quickly overshadowed by the so-called “Weinergate” fiasco that broke out Sunday. The congressman had previously called on Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving health care reform because of his wife’s financial connections to groups dedicated to its repeal.
“The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law,” a letter written by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and signed by 74 Members of Congress stated. “From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife’s financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred.”
The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires Supreme Court justices to disclose their spouse’s income, but Thomas had not disclosed Virginia’s income on his financial disclosure forms for 20 years.
“We knew that Justice Thomas’ family had a financial stake in opposing health care reform,” Weiner said Friday in a statement. “Now we know even more. It’s pretty clear the justice has one option here: recusal.”