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The Biden administration is finalizing plans to let corporations and other defendants in federal lawsuits reduce payouts to victims if they agree to make donations to liberal groups.

U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and U.S. Representative Lance Gooden (R-TX-05) led 33 colleagues in a bicameral letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stating their opposition to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) return to the Obama-era practice of directing legal settlements to partisan, non-victim organizations, said Tuberville’s office in a statement.


The practice first came to light in 2014 when funds from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America, which should have gone to victims, was intended funneled to the National Council of La Raza and other liberal political activist groups.

“The Biden administration is attempting to take a page from the Obama playbook to funnel money to its political allies by requiring federal defendants to pay a portion of their settlement funds to outside activist groups. This corrupt practice is a prime example of executive overreach. It is Congress’s job to direct federal funds and federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.  Federal settlement funds should go to the victims first and then to the U.S. Treasury. I will continue to push for government accountability and transparency at all levels of the federal government,” said Senator Tuberville.

“President Biden knows Republicans are set to regain control of the House next year and is determined to circumvent the Constitutional role of Congress to fund his radical agenda,” said Representative Gooden. “Settlement agreement payments should go to the victims, not fund Democrats’ partisan pet projects.”

“Senator Tuberville previously introduced the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act to ensure when the federal government settles a lawsuit, settlement funds will go only to the victims, injured parties in the dispute, or the U.S. Treasury,” his office reports. “The bill would prohibit settling parties in a federal dispute from reducing their punishments by making ‘donations’ to outside organizations. Representative Gooden introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Rigged one way to win

JimN
JimN
2 months ago

Will Tuberville commit arkancide soon?

RetiredAndFree
RetiredAndFree
2 months ago
Reply to  JimN

Probably

yname
yname
2 months ago

why didn’t the repubs sue for phoney payout to la raza?