Pathways to power

The conservative movement transforming America’s courts

Conservatives are winning the battle for America’s courts, a triumph decades in the making. This is the story of the ideologues, activists and undisclosed donors who made it happen. At the center of the movement is Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, who has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofit groups that work behind the scenes to promote conservative judges and causes. Now a private judicial adviser to President Trump, Leo has extraordinary influence over the third branch of government.

Read The Post’s investigation on Leonard Leo and his network of nonprofits.

Jorge Ribas

Jorge Ribas is a video journalist on the National desk at The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 2014 after having spent five years at Discovery as a science reporter. Jorge has documented immigration, health care and maternity leave issues as well as covered major breaking news events.

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Dalton Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning video reporter at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2016 after five years covering conflict with the AP.

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