Questions Raised About GOP Group Opposing Justices

Since the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) burst onto the national political stage, it has become one of the most influential players on the right, but the group’s swift ascent has not come without controversy or legal hazard, reports Politico. According to a memo prepared by the Washington law firm BakerHostetler in 2011 but just recently leaked, the group – which is now fighting for the ouster of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices – conspired improperly with the Alabama Republican Party to serve as a pass-through for Indian tribe donations. The memo warned that the arrangement could trigger “possible criminal penalties” and “ultimately threaten the organization’s continued existence.” RSLC leaders have denied there was anything inappropriate about their activities in Alabama. In the Tennessee judicial retention election, the group has reported spending almost $400,000, according to an AP report today.