Those two words encapsulate the mission of members of the Left's newest attempt to circumvent what they view as "Trump's hateful vision for America." And what do they consider the key to this? The answer, according to Demand Justice is simple: target judicial nominees to gain control of America's court system.
The details of this new nonprofit are vague. What is Demand Justice? Who's running it? Who funds it? What kind of justice does this group demand?
Founded in early 2018, Demand Justice is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that views the court system as increasingly flawed, an apparent consequence of President Trump's recent judicial nominations. In influencing the courts, Demand Justice hopes to promote the Left's agenda in areas such as abortion, gay rights, and immigration by opposing the appointment of right-of-center judges. Apparently, "the rights in our Constitution are only made real through the power of activism."
Demand Justice's leadership is telling. The director, Brian Fallon, served as press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign while Gabrielle McCaffrey, the head of the organization's digital team, also served on the Hillary for America campaign as the digital organizer.
The chief counsel for Demand Justice, Christopher Kang, is a former congressional staffer who "played a central role in the Obama administration's vetting of judicial nominees." With the extensive background that the leadership of Demand Justice has with both Clinton and Obama, it is clear that this group wants to further its progressive agenda despite the Democratic Party's loss of the House, Senate, and White House in 2016.
The funding for Demand Justice is suspect. As a 501(c)(4) organization, Demand Justice does not have a legal obligation to disclose its donors, and the group is too young to have submitted annual IRS tax filings. However, Director Fallon indicated as early as May that Demand Justice was well on its way to reaching its $10 million goal. Coupled with the fact that Fallon recently spoke at the Atlanta Conference of the Democracy Alliance, a network of left-leaning donors including George Soros, it is clear that Demand Justice could be well on its way to becoming something much bigger than the obscure nonprofit it is now. As a (c)(4), it is allowed to engage in unlimited lobbying. But it can also support or oppose candidates for election (as long as that activity isn't the organization's primary purpose, which currently means spending no more than 49 percent of expenditures on electioneering).