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Demand Justice Announces Ads Shaming Facebook for Sponsoring Federalist Society Dinner Honoring Brett Kavanaugh

Tech Firm Should Not Subsidize Right-Wing Effort to Rehab Kavanaugh in Face of Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations

WASHINGTON - In advance of The Federalist Society’s dinner honoring Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez accusing him of sexual assault, Demand Justice announced ads shaming Facebook for its “Gold Circle” sponsorship––the highest listed level––of the gala.

Last year, fewer than 50 days after Dr. Ford testified before Congress that Kavanaugh assaulted her, the audience at The Federalist Society’s annual convention dinner gave him a standing ovation. Tonight, Kavanaugh will be honored with the organization’s Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner speaking slot.

Katie O’Connor, Senior Counsel for Demand Justice, said:

“Facebook should not be sponsoring the rehabbing of Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation when Dr. Blasey Ford remains unable to resume a normal life after bravely coming forward last year. You can claim to respect survivors of sexual assault or you can pay for a celebration of Brett Kavanaugh, but you can’t do both. Any organization that doesn’t want to be complicit in normalizing Kavanaugh should withdraw its support from The Federalist Society and pledge not to give in the future.”

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Shaunna Thomas, Co-founder and Executive Director of UltraViolet, said:

“Over the last few years, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have become critical cogs in the right-wing propaganda machine - spreading lies and dangerous levels of vitriolic misinformation to American voters. That’s why it is hardly surprising that Facebook is a major corporate donor to The Federalist Society - an organization dedicated to taking our courts in a radical, right-wing direction. But it should terrify everyone that Facebook is actively funding the public rehabilitation of a serial sexual abuser who should not be serving on the Supreme Court. Facebook’s unabashed support of The Federalist Society and Brett Kavanaugh sends a clear signal to survivors everywhere - that Facebook is not on their side. Shame on Facebook and shame on Mark Zuckerberg."

Facebook is a Gold Circle sponsor of this year’s conference. Demand Justice will also run ads highlighting other Gold Circle sponsors, including Consovy McCarthy, Gibson Dunn, Kasowitz Benson & Torres, Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell, and WilmerHale.

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Demand Justice is a left-of-center advocacy group created in early 2018 that aims to influence the political leanings of America’s courts by supporting the appointment of liberal judicial nominees and opposing right-of-center nominees. The organization acts primarily through media campaigns against nominated and unconfirmed judicial nominees.

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