Thomas's wife takes on Obama - 2010-07-06
When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife announced in 2008 that she was going to help run Washington operations for a Michigan college once described as "a citadel of American conservatism," she said the move was her "way of pulling away from politics" and the "safest place for me to be when it comes to conflicts" with her husband's position on the court.
But, less than two years later, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas has returned to partisan politics as a fully engaged opponent of President Barack Obama, whom she has described as "hard left" and steering the nation "for tyranny." As founder and president of a think tank and advocacy group called Liberty Central, she quickly established herself in the tea party movement by drawing on her longstanding ties to Washington's conservative establishment and by landing two big donations — one for $500,000 and another for $50,000 —that put her group on the map.
The two donations are the only sources of money the group, which she established in November, reported to the Internal Revenue Service in 2009, according to a recently released report, which blocks out the donors' names, as allowed by the section of the tax code under which the group is registered, 501(c)4. Yet, its size sets Liberty Central apart from other new tea party groups that have struggled to raise money from mostly small, grass-roots contributions.