Non-profit

Demand Justice Initiative

Project of:

New Venture Fund

For more information, see Demand Justice

The Demand Justice Initiative is a left-wing judicial policy advocacy organization associated with Demand Justice. It is a project of the New Venture Fund, a nonprofit controlled by the for-profit consulting firm Arabella Advisors. Its “sister” group, Demand Justice, is a project of the Arabella-controlled Sixteen Thirty Fund.

Unlike Demand Justice, Demand Justice Initiative has few online references and no website. However, it has sought two full-time positions and is referenced in New Venture Fund’s 2018 Form 990. [1]

Background

Demand Justice Initiative functions as the “charitable” arm of Demand Justice, a project of the 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund, another nonprofit funding and project-management vehicle in the Arabella network. Demand Justice aggressively campaigns in opposition to Republican judicial nominees and in favor of radical changes to the federal court system, most prominently “packing” the Supreme Court with more justices, enabling a future Democratic administration to alter the Court’s partisan-ideological alignment. [2]

While Demand Justice Initiative has no known advocacy campaigns, Demand Justice has ran advertisements critical of Republican Senators for their support ofPresident Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Among those targeted was U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who was targeted amid debate on the nomination of now-Judge Wendy Vitter; Collins ultimately voted against the nomination. [3] [4] Demand Justice has also run ads targeting potential judges that are under consideration from President Trump. In 2018, the organization targeted judge Amul Thapar, who is reportedly on President Trump’s “shortlist” as a future appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court. [5]

References

  1. “Careers.” Demand Justice. Accessed June 5, 2020. Original URL: https://demandjustice.org/careers/. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/06/Demand-Justice-Initiative-Jobs.-06.05.20.pdf[note] [note]Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). New Venture Fund. 2018. Schedule O: DBA Name. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/11/New-Venture-Fund-2018-Form-990.pdf

    See PDF page 140. ^

  2. “‘Demand Justice’ Ad Backs Packing Supreme Court.” Washington Free Beacon. June 10, 2019. Accessed June 20, 2019. https://freebeacon.com/politics/demand-justice-ad-backs-packing-supreme-court/. ^
  3. “Vote Number 114, On the Nomination (Confirmation Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to Be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana ).” U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress – 1st Session, May 16, 2019. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00114#state. ^
  4. Carney, Jordain. 2019. “Progressive Group Targets Susan Collins Over Trump Judicial Pick”. The Hill. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/443865-progressive-group-targets-susan-collins-over-trump-judicial-pick. ^
  5. Clark, Lesley. 2018. “Liberal Group Targets A Potential SCOTUS Pick From Kentucky”. McClatchy DC. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article213629579.html. ^
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