Posted by | January 23, 2011 11:07 | Filed under: Top Stories

Supreme Court justices are required to report spousal income to make sure there is no undue political influence.  According to Common Cause, Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t reported his wife’s income for five years from a conservative think tank.

Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation’s IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled “none” where “spousal noninvestment income” would be disclosed.

Virginia Thomas also has been active in the group Liberty Central, an organization she founded to restore the “founding principles” of limited government and individual liberty.

In his 2009 disclosure, Justice Thomas also reported spousal income as “none.” Common Cause contends that Liberty Central paid Virginia Thomas an unknown salary that year.

Think Progress reports that Thomas has attended a gathering of conservative political activists convened by the Koch brothers to raise money for radical right-wing causes, and also attended a Heritage Foundation fundraiser.

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