WASHINGTON — The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund spent nearly a quarter-million dollars lobbying against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a quarterly record for one of the oldest and well-funded civil rights organizations.
The $242,000 spent in lobbying was the most money the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, or LDF, has spent in any quarter since at least 2008, when quarterly reports became available.
The group set its previous high in 2011, when the NAACP-offshoot organization spent about $171,000 while lobbying on criminal justice reform and early education bills in the second quarter. Last year, the group spent $313,000 on lobbying on various issues.
In August, LDF published a 94-page annotated rebuke to Kavanaugh’s nomination titled, “The Civil Rights Record of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” which detailed concerns ranging from his judicial philosophy to his basic worthiness as a nominee, coming from a president entangled in a special counsel investigation.
The record spending marked a busy three months of Kavanaugh lobbying on Capitol Hill. More than three dozen groups lobbied against Kavanaugh’s appointment from July 1 to Aug. 31, according to third-quarter congressional lobbying reports.
The filings showed an eclectic blend of anti-Kavanaugh fever: Groups opposing his confirmation represented retirees, public- and private-sector unions, gun-control activists, environmentalists, nurses, teachers, fair housing advocates, the LGBTQ community, human rights organizations and pro-choice stalwarts such as Planned Parenthood.
In opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation:
- The Center for Inquiry cited his “support for religious discrimination.”
- The League of Women Voters pushed for a “full FBI investigation” into the sexual assault allegations.
- The NAACP, a separate legal entity from NAACP LDF, cited his rulings on “consumer protection issues.”
- The National Employment Lawyers Association — lawyers who represent employees in workplace disputes — noted his judicial record “strongly favor(ed) the ‘rights’ of employers over the rights of working people.”
- March for Our Lives, a group founded after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting joined two other gun-control groups, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Giffords, in its opposition.
- Six organizations expressed support for Kavanaugh in its third-quarter lobbying reports.
The supporters included pro-life groups (National Right to Life Committee and Family Research Council), the National Shooting Sports Foundation and two free-market, limited-government advocacy groups, the Small Business Council and FreedomWorks.