Advocates Unite to Oppose Delaney Nomination, Citing History of Pro-Corporate Activism

May 18, 2023 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — A group of eight advocacy organizations today wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee voicing their collective opposition to the nomination of Michael A. Delaney as a United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

“Michael Delaney’s track record shows a firm allegiance to corporate power, and an animosity toward efforts to hold corporations accountable,” says Katherine Van Dyck, Senior Legal Counsel at the American Economic Liberties Project. “His further hostility to victims’ rights, reproductive rights, and employee rights makes clear he should not be confirmed to a lifetime seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to block his nomination.”

In private practice, as Deputy Attorney General for New Hampshire, and as a volunteer member of the New England Legal Foundation’s Board of Directors, Michael Delaney routinely acted in a manner that should concern all Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He not only opposed victims’ rights, reproductive rights, and employee rights, he also supported challenges to administrative agencies’ authority and volunteered his time for an organization that champions limited government. This uncompensated advocacy work reveals Delaney’s true views on the law and government and raises concerns about his potential rulings from the First Circuit bench, particularly at a time when federal agencies face mounting constitutional challenges to their existence and as the Biden administration works to challenge concentrated economic power.

The full list of organizations that signed the letter include American Economic Liberties Project, Demand Progress, Freedom BLOC, Kent Street Coalition, National Employment Law Project, People’s Parity Project, Revolving Door Project, and Strong Economy For All Coalition.

Read the full letter opposing Michael Delaney’s nomination here.

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.