by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A dark money group pushing for liberal justices is running digital ads exclusively in Iowa calling for packing the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that if undertaken during a Democratic presidency would shift the ideological makeup of the court.
The campaign by the group Demand Justice is spotlighting an op-ed by former Iowa attorney general Bonnie Campbell which ran in the Des Moines Register claiming that maintaining the status quo on abortion law could only be realized through the court-packing strategy.
In particular, Campbell pointed to numerous state-level abortion laws passed this spring in Republican-leaning states like Alabama.
“This wave of anti-abortion legislation is a direct result of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court last fall,” Campbell wrote. “Anti-choice state legislators clearly believe Trump’s promise that he would only appoint justices who would ‘automatically’ overturn Roe v. Wade, and they are rushing to pass laws that would give the Supreme Court that opportunity.”
“The only way to truly preserve access to abortion is to add more justices to the Supreme Court,” she concluded.
The ad buy to promote Campbell’s piece could reap as many as 100,000 impressions in Iowa. It launched on the same weekend that the first primary state in the nation was hosting nineteen presidential candidates from the Democratic field.
Whether the group will expand the court-packing ad campaign is not currently known, as requests for comment from the Washington Free Beacon to Demand Justice were not returned.