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Group Got $17M Secret Donation Ahead Of Kavanaugh Fight

Law360, Washington (May 17, 2019, 7:56 PM EDT) -- The Judicial Crisis Network received $17 million from an anonymous donor shortly before the fight to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to two government watchdog groups that obtained the conservative judicial group's latest tax returns.

The returns, released Friday by MapLight and OpenSecrets, show 10 contributions that JCN received between July 2017 and June 2018, the largest a $17.1 million payment from "Donor A," the three smallest of $100,000 each. Though the exact dates of the donations are unclear, they seem to have come around the time Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, creating a crucial vacancy on the high court...

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