News

Elections

Buttigieg Campaign Returns Donations from Kavanaugh Lawyers

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg holds a town hall event in Creston, Iowa, U.S. November 25, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)

South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign is returning donations to two lawyers who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, the campaign announced Wednesday.

Kavanaugh faced a brutal confirmation hearing following accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had forced himself on her during a party when the two were teenagers, a story that a friend of Ford’s later claimed “didn’t make any sense.” The justice was eventually confirmed despite steep Democratic opposition.

The Guardian revealed that Washington-based attorney Alexandra Walsh had donated $7,200 to the campaign, some of which was already returned because it exceeded donation limits. Walsh’s law partner Beth Wilkinson had also contributed $2,800.

When the paper reached out to the campaign for comment, the campaign responded it had made a mistake in accepting the donations.

“With nearly 700,000 donors, a contribution we would otherwise refuse sometimes gets through,” the campaign told the Guardian in a statement. “We believe the women who have courageously spoken out about Brett Kavanaugh’s assault and misconduct, and we thank the Guardian for bringing this contribution to our attention.”

Walsh and Wilkinson had argued Kavanaugh was the victim of an “outrageous” smear campaign. Wilkinson has donated $1,000 to Senator Kamala Harris’s (D., Calif.) presidential campaign, and contributed $2,800 to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) before she dropped out of the presidential race.

A spokesperson for the Buttigieg campaign said Kavanaugh “should have never been put on the supreme court and this campaign will not accept donations from those who played a role in making that happen.”

Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

Most Popular

U.S.

Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.

I  worked in the criminal-justice system for a quarter century. It is run, day-to-day, by the crème de la crème of graduates from America’s top law schools. Those institutions wear their progressive bona fides on their sleeves and proclaim it for all the world to hear. In their offhand rhetoric — ... Read More
U.S.

Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.

I  worked in the criminal-justice system for a quarter century. It is run, day-to-day, by the crème de la crème of graduates from America’s top law schools. Those institutions wear their progressive bona fides on their sleeves and proclaim it for all the world to hear. In their offhand rhetoric — ... Read More

Why Not Make Democrats Angry?

Some of the Right’s leading thinkers, people I hold in the highest esteem, say circumstances are so unusual right now that the president and the Senate should do something other than what they ordinarily would do when a Supreme Court vacancy occurs: nominate and consider a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader ... Read More

Why Not Make Democrats Angry?

Some of the Right’s leading thinkers, people I hold in the highest esteem, say circumstances are so unusual right now that the president and the Senate should do something other than what they ordinarily would do when a Supreme Court vacancy occurs: nominate and consider a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Get Your Facts Right

On the menu today: Another reminder that “People of Praise” and “People of Hope” are not the same group, and proof that “People of Hope” did not inspire Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; wondering what Joe Biden is doing with his time these days; and two Senate committees release their ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Get Your Facts Right

On the menu today: Another reminder that “People of Praise” and “People of Hope” are not the same group, and proof that “People of Hope” did not inspire Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; wondering what Joe Biden is doing with his time these days; and two Senate committees release their ... Read More