Folks in Alabama are asking what the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) is. They are also asking why are they interested in the Alabama Supreme Court race this year. For the uninformed amongst us, CFIC is a corporate-funded, tort-reform group that relies largely on negative campaign advertising leveled against Supreme Court candidates in states like Alabama. Founded in 1998, CFIF is little more than a store-front operation based outside Washington D.C. It’s run by a group of lobbyists, political operatives and corporate lawyers who refuse to disclose the organization’s donors. There is a very simple reason why it won’t say where its money comes from. Its funds come from the giant oil, insurance, and drug companies whose goal has been to destroy the civil justice system in this country. They are all interested in protecting themselves in litigation caused by their wrongdoing.
CFIF has repeatedly run afoul of elections laws in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and elsewhere. It has been taken to court repeatedly by elections officials who were trying to put a halt to their illegal campaign activities conducted in states’ judicial elections. When you consider that CFIF enjoys tax exempt status, its involvement in partisan politics is wrong – can’t be explained – and shouldn’t be tolerated. I am shocked that the Justice Department doesn’t put a stop to the group’s political smear tactics in states like Alabama.
If you want more information concerning the history of this well-financed front group, consider the following:
In the Alabama Supreme Court race this year, giant corporate donors – including ExxonMobil – have funneled millions of dollars into our state through CFIF knowing that outfit won’t have to disclose either the amounts received or the names of donors. While that is permissible under Alabama law, it’s still as wrong as wrong can be. What interest could these corporations possibly have in the Alabama Supreme Court? Why do they want to hide their names from the voters? These are questions CFIF won’t answer and neither will its corporate donors! But, these are answers that the voters should have before casting their ballots.
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