Oops! Justice Clarence Thomas forgot wife on financial forms
It has turned out that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has amended his annual financial disclosure forms dating back more than 20 years to add his wife’s employment.
“It has come to my attention that information regarding my spouse’s employment required in Part III B of my financial disclosure report was inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions,” he wrote in a letter to a committee handling financial disclosure reports.
During the 20-year period, his wife, Virginia Thomas, held a number of jobs, working for the U.S. Labor Department, then-U.S. House Republican Leader Dick Armey, The Heritage Foundation conservative think tank, and Hillsdale College.
Thomas amended his annual financial forms the same day that the group Common Cause issued a news release saying he had failed to disclose his wife’s income.
“Common Cause is concerned about omissions in Justice Thomas’s annual financial disclosures,” the group’s president, Bob Edgar, said in a statement.
The group cited records filed with the Internal Revenue Service that Virginia Thomas had been paid $686,589 by The Heritage Foundation for her work from 2003 to 2007.
Last year, Thomas announced she was resigning as head of Liberty Central, a non-profit conservative advocacy group that she founded in 2009, but said she would remain a consultant to the group.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Thomas Sept. 29, 2009)