Anti-HCR Judge Should Have Recused Himself

Judge Henry Hudson owns a piece of the Donatelli firm Campaign Solutions, Inc., a right-wing go-to source for turnkey campaigns and donation collections. I wrote about their ties to the right-wing establishment back in August, when he first agreed to hear the case.

Since August, Campaign Solutions has made millions from Republican campaigns for candidates running on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Hudson's annual financial disclosures show that he owns a sizable chunk of Campaign Solutions, Inc., a Republican consulting firm that worked this election cycle for John Boehner, Michele Bachmann, John McCain, and a whole host of other GOP candidates who've placed the purported unconstitutionality of health care reform at the center of their political platforms. Since 2003, according to the disclosures, Hudson has earned between $32,000 and $108,000 in dividends from his shares in the firm (federal rules only require judges to report ranges of income).

As one of only thirteen investors, I'm certain this year will be a bang-up year for him, dividend-wise. Just have a look at their client list.

I'm not a big fan of playing the judicial activist/judicial bias card. But in this case, it seems clearly warranted. This judge stands to make a bundle of profit via his 1/13th investment in Campaign Solutions. Campaign Solutions profited much from the 2010 midterm elections and candidates who ran on the repeal of the health care law. It's not all that much of a leap to think maybe there's just a teeny, tiny bit of bias there.

He should have recused himself then, and he should be investigated to see if he has any other 'investments' that might have prejudiced his ruling.


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