Mitch McConnell has been very clear: "There will be no Scalia replacement under Obama". This means the Supreme Court is likely to tie 4-4 on most contentious issues, in which case the inferior Court's decision is upheld. Some have argued that this is a serious national security risk, given that for all intents and purposes, the Supreme Court is shut down until a 9th Justice is nominated. This will only happen after a new President raises their right hand on January 17th, 2017.
Who benefits from this? Whose interests are McConnell and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee looking out for as they refuse to meet with Merrick Garland, Obama's SCOTUS nominee? We decided to look at what organizations are giving them money, to find out who their top backers are.
The list reads like a 'who's who' of political influence: transportation, energy, finance, oil and communications. Topping the list are Union Pacific, with $289,000, followed by General Electric with $239,000 and Goldman Sachs with $204,000. In an age where tolerance of big money in politics is at an all-time low, 92.4% of the money raised by the GOP senators has come from large donations.
The question of whose interests these politicians truly represent is still open, but it is clear that politics in general would benefit from normal people getting involved with their wallets, not just their votes.