Clarence Thomas Discloses Trips Gifted by GOP Megadonor

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has officially disclosed two trips from 2019, sponsored by Republican megadonor Harlan Crow, in recent financial filings. Last year, ProPublica uncovered these luxury vacations, prompting criticism and calls for ethics reforms within the Supreme Court.

In his latest financial disclosure report for 2023, Thomas admitted that the trips to Bali, Indonesia, and Monte Rio, Calif., were “inadvertently omitted at the time of filing.” Harlan and Kathy Crow covered expenses for food and lodging at a hotel and private club during both trips.

Beyond vacations, Crow’s financial involvement with Thomas extends to covering private school tuition for Thomas’ grandnephew and purchasing properties owned by Thomas and his family members in Savannah, Ga.

ProPublica’s investigation also revealed that Thomas had taken at least 38 trips, including those on private jets, yachts, and luxury resorts, funded by various billionaires.

In response to these revelations, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee authorized a subpoena for Crow in November, as part of a Supreme Court ethics probe. They have also urged the Justice Department to investigate Thomas.

In addition to the disclosed trips, Thomas reported receiving a pair of photo albums valued at $2,000 as his only reported gift in 2023.

Other notable disclosures from the reports include Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson receiving four concert tickets worth $3,711 from Beyoncé last year. Jackson also disclosed a nearly $900,000 book advance from Penguin Random House.

Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil Gorsuch reported significant income from book royalties. Kavanaugh also revealed that he coached a girls’ basketball team at Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, D.C., where his daughters attend. He expressed concerns that the sexual assault allegations he faced during his confirmation might force him to give up coaching.

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