Non-profit

Demand Justice

Website:

demandjustice.org

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Type:

Left-Wing Judicial Nominee Advocacy Group

Formation:

2018

Founded in early 2018, Demand Justice is a left-of-center 501(c)(4) advocacy group that aims to influence the political leanings of America’s courts by supporting the appointment of liberal judicial nominees and opposing right-of-center nominees. The organization acts primarily through media campaigns against nominated and unconfirmed judicial nominees.

Media Campaigns

In May 2018, Demand Justice launched its first media campaign against Thomas Farr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.[1]

In June 2018, Demand Justice began an advertisement campaign called Ditch the List that targeted potential Supreme Court nominees to replace outgoing Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. The campaign specifically focused on Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.[2]

2018 Supreme Court Nominee

Demand Justice, in anticipation of the announcement of President Trump’s July 2018 nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacated seat on the Supreme Court, launched a campaign to pressure Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote against any nominee from Trump’s shortlist of candidate judges. Demand Justice claimed that Sen. Collins must vote against any nominee in order to preserve her stance on reproductive rights.[3]

Funding

In May 2018, a New York Times article noted that Demand Justice “expects to raise $10 million in its first year.” The article further noted that Brian Fallon, the director of Demand Justice, “said he was more than halfway to this initial fundraising goal. While Demand Justice has not released a list of donors, Fallon spoke at the 2018 Democracy Alliance—a network of left-wing donors such as George Soros –conference in Atlanta.[4]

Demand Justice collects donations through its website and operates through ActBlue Civics, a pass-through 501(c)(4) organization that serves as a fundraising platform for other left-wing 501(c)(4) organizations.

People

Director

Brian Fallon currently serves as executive director of Demand Justice. Previously, he served as the president of Barracks Row Media, a Washington, D.C. public relations firm. He previously worked as a political commentator for CNN, and served as a senior advisor for the political action committee Priorities USA, which provided critical funding to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Beginning in April 2015, Fallon also served as the Hillary Clinton campaign’s press secretary. Prior to joining Clinton’s campaign, Fallon was a spokesperson for former attorney general Eric Holder in the Department of Justice under President Obama, as well as communications director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) from 2007-2010.[5] [6]

Christopher Kang serves as chief counsel for Demand Justice. Previously, Kang served as national director for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Kang spent six years working for the Obama administration in various capacities. During this time, Kang “was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees.” Kang also worked for Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) for seven years in various roles, including Director of Floor Operations and Judiciary Committee Counsel.[7]

Paige Herwig serves as the deputy chief counsel of Demand Justice. Her career includes working at the White House during the Obama Administration, serving in Congress as a staffer for Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), and working in the Justice Department.[8]

Katie O’Connor serves as counsel for Demand Justice. She previously worked at the American Constitution Society, a left-of-center legal organization that interprets the Constitution as a “living document.” She also spent ten years working at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).[9]

Digital and Media Staff

Gabrielle McCaffrey is the head of Demand Justice’s digital team and runs its media campaigns. Previously, she worked on the Hillary for America 2016 presidential campaign as the digital director for Clinton’s primary efforts in South Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania. She also served as the Pennsylvania state digital director for Clinton’s general election campaign.

McCaffrey also worked for the Democratic attorney general of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, as his director of digital engagement, as well as in the communications department of various left-of-center organizations including the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Revolution Messaging, and Run the World Digital.[10]

Diana Bowen serves as the director of video at Demand Justice. She previously worked as filmmaker and producer on various political campaign, including Hillary for America, Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 New York gubernatorial reelection campaign, and Sen. Ed Markey’s campaign for senator in the 2013 Massachusetts special election.[11]

Taylor Casey serves as the digital strategist and designer for Demand Justice. She worked at Run the World Digital as well as on the Hillary for America campaign in South Carolina.[12]

Shannon Wurthman serves as the digital and social media strategist at Demand Justice. Prior to joining Demand Justice, Wurthman worked for Free Speech for People and Run the World Digital, two left-of-center nonprofits. Wurthman also worked as the deputy digital director of the Greater Philadelphia area for the Hillary for America campaign as well as a volunteer for the Obama for America campaign.[13]

References

  1. Whelan, Ed. “’Demand Justice’ Smears Judicial Nominee Farr.” National Review, National Review, 30 May 2018, www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/demand-justice-smears-judicial-nominee-farr/.
  2. Wheeler, Lydia. “Liberal Groups Launches Ads against Prospective Trump Supreme Court Nominees.” TheHill, The Hill, 12 June 2018, thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/391874-liberal-groups-launches-ads-against-prospective-trump-supreme-court.
  3. Demand Justice. “Re: We expect more.” July 2, 2018. E-mail message.
  4. Hulse, Carl. “After Garland Defeat, New Group Hopes to Draw Democrats to Judicial Battlefield.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 May 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/us/politics/merrick-garland-judicial-trump.html.
  5. Fallon, Brian. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-fallon-80a708a6/.
  6. Gearan, Anne, and Philip Rucker. “Clinton Team Picks Justice Spokesman Brian Fallon as Lead Press Secretary.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 17 Mar. 2015, www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/03/17/clinton-team-picks-justice-spokesman-brian-fallon-as-lead-press-secretary/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.93b1648943ce.
  7. “Christopher Kang.” Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, jointcenter.org/content/christopher-kang.
  8. Herwig, Paige. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/paige-herwig-880a565/
  9. O’Connor, Katie. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-o-connor-50b9025/
  10. McCaffrey, Gabrielle. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielle-mccaffrey-67793135/
  11. Bowen, Diana. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianabowen/
  12. Casey, Taylor. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylorjeannesea/#education-section
  13. Wurthman, Shannon. “User Profile.” LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannondaviswurthman/.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Brian Fallon
    Executive Director
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