Judicial Crisis Network

SOURCE:  Wikipedia, captured 2020-06-20

  • Name: Judicial Crisis Network  |  aka The Concord Fund
  • Abbreviation: JCN
  • Formation: 2005
  • Former name: Judicial Confirmation Network
  • Type: 501(c)(4)
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • President: Carrie Severino
  • Website: JudicialNetwork.com
  • Formerly called: Judicial Confirmation Network

  • The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) (founded in 2005 as the Judicial Confirmation Network) is an American conservative activist political campaign organization based in the United States. As of 2014 it has been run by Carrie Severino, a former law clerk for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. The Judicial Crisis Network describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice in America" and supports conservative appointments to American judicial posts.


    The Judicial Crisis Network was founded in 2005 to promote the judicial appointees of then president [prima facie war criminal] George W. Bush. Fundraiser and lawyer Ann Corkery  [local copy (pdf)], along with California real estate magnate Robin Arkley II, were key to the beginning of the Judicial Crisis Network.

    The current leader is Carrie Severino. Carrie Severino was previously a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Carrie Severino is a contributor to the National Review.

    Carrie Severino received her J.D. [Juris Doctor] degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a student while Elena Kagan was dean. Carrie Severino has been involved with constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act [formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and commonly known as Obamacare].

    In 2018, the American public relations firm Creative Response Concepts' clients included the Federalist Society and the Judicial Crisis Network.


    The leading funder of the Judicial Crisis Network is the Wellspring Committee, which is directed by Ann Corkery  [local copy (pdf)]. Wellspring, which does not disclose who funds it, gave close to $7 million to JCN in 2014; between 2012 and 2015, it reported giving JCN more than $15 million. JCN's tax return for the period July 2015 to June 2016 shows that one $17.9 million donation, whose source was not reported, accounted for 96.6 percent of the Judicial Crisis Network's revenue.

    Advocacy activities

    In 2013, JCN ran ads in Alaska that were critical of U.S. senator Mark Begich's votes to approve all of president Barack Obama's federal judicial nominees. The group also ran advertisements that were critical of Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor's votes for president Obama's court picks. In 2014, the group ran digital advertisements critical of Chris Christie's judicial appointments. JCN has been active in Michigan and North Carolina supreme court elections.

    In 2015, the Judicial Crisis Network donated $600,000 to "Nebraskans for the Death Penalty," a group promoting reinstatement of capital punishment in Nebraska.

    In 2016, the JCN ran a negative advertisement about Jane L. Kelly, a federal appeals judge from Iowa who was on a White House list of possible nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Also in 2016, the JCN bought advertisements across the country to oppose president Obama's supreme court nominee, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland. In November 2016, after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, JCN ran television advertisements praising senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley for holding the line against Garland. The group also spent over $500,000 on advertisements thanking Trump for his campaign promises regarding the types of justices he would select for the nation's high court. JCN's advertisements asked viewers to thank Trump for pledging to nominate conservative jurists in the mold of Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court.

    On January 31, 2017, the Judicial Crisis Network committed to spending $10 million on advocacy ads in favor of president Donald Trump's first Supreme Court of the United States nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

    The Judicial Crisis Network spent $4.5 million in ad buys supportive of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Judicial Education Project is closely aligned with the Judicial Crisis Network.

    Additional Reading

  • [RightWingWatch.org, 2022-08-12] Judicial Crisis Network Gives Trump Timely Political Cover With $1 Million Attack on Attorney General Merrick Garland.

  • [Documented.net, 2020-10-16] New filing shows massive dark money support from Judicial Crisis Network to Republican Attorneys General Association.

  • [2020-10-13] "Must-watch:" Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Schools Amy Coney Barrett on Dark Money. Superb presentation illustrating Republican Party and dark money influencers on vested special interests (abolition of: affordable health care, access to abortions, LGBTQ+ rights, judicial freedom; concentration of obfuscated power; ...).

  • [2018-07-06]:  The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump's supreme court pick, Leonard Leo -- who is advising Trump on his nominee -- is a mild-mannered Republican who has become one of the Washington's most influential people.

  • [reference] In 2018, Creative Response Concepts' (CRC) clients included the Federalist Society, and the Judicial Crisis Network. CRC is closely associated with the conservative activist Leonard A. Leo.

  • [2020-09-21] Carrie Severino Argues Precedent Supports Trump Filling SCOTUS Seat Before Election

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