Leonard A. Leo is an American lawyer and conservative legal activist born on 1965 in Northport, New York, U.S. Leo was the longtime vice president of the Federalist Society and he currently serves, along with Steven G. Calabresi, as co-chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
A new conservative group led by Leonard Leo gets a $1.6B donation
Marble Freedom Trust, a new group which was led by prominent conservative lawyer Leonard Leo, has received $1.6 billion from one donor is the largest single contribution to a politically focused nonprofit that’s ever been made public, and a fortune that could be used to fuel the right-wing interests. It is the largest recorded political donation in American history.
As President Trump’s adviser on judicial nominations, Leonard helped build the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority, which recently eliminated Constitutional protections for abortion rights. He was a conservative Catholic and has both helped select judges to nominate to the Supreme Court.
Billionaire Industrialist Barre Seid funded a new group run by Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who guided Trump’s Supreme Court picks and helped end federal abortion rights.
Leonard Leo’s Wife and children
Leonard Leo is married to Sally Leo. They altogether have seven children. Leo’s daughter Margaret died in 2007 at the age of 14 from spina bifida. He has spoken about the profound impact her life had on him. He hasn’t revealed his children’s names yet.
Early Life of Leonard Leo and his educational qualification
Leonardo was born in Long Island, New York. He was raised in suburban New Jersey to a family of practicing Catholics. Leo’s grandfather was an Italian immigrant and vice-president of Brooks Brothers.
After completing his medium-level education he attended Cornell University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the year 1986. He completed his J.D. degree at Cornell Law School in 1989, then he clerked for a federal judge.
How did Leo Start his Career?
While studying law at Cornell University, Leo founded a student chapter of the Federalist Society in 1989 and subsequently went to work for Society in 1991 in Washington, D.C.
After working for society, in 2003 when George W Bush intended to criticize the practice of affirmative action in speech but praise racial diversity, he called the White House officials to complain.
And in 2009 he organized efforts in support of the confirmations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court and received the 2009 Bradley Prize.
In the year 2016, after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Leonard helped arrange funding to rename George Mason University’s Law School the Antonin Scalia Law School. He was also identified by 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as a person who first contacted Gorsuch about the possibility of President Trump appointing Gorsuch to the seat vacated by Scalia’s death.
The Washington Post reported that the Federalist Society had paid Leo an annual wage of more than $400,000 for a number of years in 2019. In 2016, he received $120,000 for his work for the Catholic Association.
And in January 2020, he announced that he would be leaving his position as vice president at the Federalist Society to start a new group named CRC Advisors. But, he remained in his role as co-chairman of the Federalist Society’s board of directors.
How Rich Is Leonard Leo? Know about his Net worth
Leo’s net worth shows only 5 million USD, there is a wave that he has increased many more over the years.
Between the years 2005 and 2021, Leo and his associates have gained more than $450 million, which does not include their Marble Freedom trust.
From different sources, we found that in The Washington Post 2019 the Federalist Society has been paying Leo more than $400,000 annually for several years. In that same year, it was reported that Leo had helped conservative nonprofits to raise $250 million from various undisclosed donors.