Democrats probing Leonard Leo share wealthy donor funding groups behind ‘ethics’ campaign

Senate Democrats investigating Leonard Leo and other conservative activists over their ties to Supreme Court justices pocketed donations from a wealthy businessman bankrolling organizations behind the high court “ethics” campaign — including ProPublica.

Leo, co-chairman of the Federalist Society legal group, told Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats last week he would not comply with an “unlawful” subpoena from the panel, which has accused conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito of harboring conflicts of interest in connection to their reported relationships with Leo, Republican billionaires Harlan Crow and Paul Singer, and others. But some lawmakers have their own financial ties that ethics experts say could open them up to an apparent conflict of interest, or, at a very minimum, public charges of hypocrisy. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jon Ossoff
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