Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.
Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation’s IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled “none” where “spousal noninvestment income” would be disclosed.
Virginia Thomas was employed by the right wing group the Heritage Foundation. irginia Thomas also has been active in the group Liberty Central, an organization she founded to restore the “founding principles” of limited government and individual liberty. Apparently the Thomas’s took the “founding principles” a bit too far as they thought like in 1700’s the wife did not pay taxes.
Thomas corrected financial disclosures for the past 13 years that confirmed the allegations of Common Cause that Virginia Thomas worked for Michigan’s Hillsdale College, the Heritage Foundation and the Republican leadership in the House.
He did not reveal the amount of money that she received from these sources.
As noted earlier, this employment would have been viewed as directly relevant (and controversial) during Thomas’ consideration of the Citizens United case.
If the Justices in the Supreme Court do not feel the need to follow the laws and pay their taxes, what hope is there for the rest of us? I think its safe to say that Anita Hill was telling the truth.