Fix the Court May Have Financial Disclosure Problems
The self-declared Supreme Court watchdog may have other things to declare.
Fix the Court is one of many organizations on the Left that works tirelessly to attack the Supreme Court and undermine its legitimacy.
Fix the Court has advocated for term limits and court packing, opposed the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and supports allowing video cameras in the court room at the U.S. Supreme Court. The group’s attacks on Justice Kavanaugh included purchasing websites such as BrettKavanaugh.com to promote uncorroborated decades-old sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh; while their push to bring cameras into the Court is a transparent effort to further sensationalize Court proceedings. Fix the Court complains that the rule against cameras renders the Court “all but useless to news directors.”
Like Demand Justice, an even more famous left-wing court-packing advocate group, Fix the Court is the offspring of the Left’s $1.7 billion Arabella Advisors network. Fix the Court was initially created as a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund, a behemoth fiscal sponsorship and pass-through funder in the Arabella network. Fix the Court’s status as a fiscally sponsored project allowed to avoid making any financial disclosures. In February 2021, however, Fix the Court left the Arabella incubation chamber to become an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit of its own.
But according to the IRS nonprofit organizations database, its first year of independence (March 1, 2021 to February 2, 2022) was hardly a windfall year for Fix the Court. The IRS shows that the organization submitted only a form 990-N e-postcard, which should only be used when an organization is reporting annual gross receipts of less than $50,000 for the fiscal year.
An (Opaque) Glass House
Tax disclosures made by Fix the Court’s former parent organization, however, suggest that Fix the Court may need to fix its financials.
On its own form 990, the New Venture Fund, which raked in just shy of $1 billion for left-wing activism in 2021, reported granting the newly formed Fix the Court $111,677 (see page 95). That’s more than double the $50,000 threshold for filing a form 990-N e-postcard. Meanwhile, copies of Fix the Court’s financial disclosures are not available on their website or anywhere else on the internet.
Presumably, an organization laser-focused on dramatically expanding the financial disclosures required of Supreme Court justices should have its own legally required financial disclosures in order before launching pressure campaigns against the highest court in the land.