Judge William Orrick, the federal judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order banning federal funds for cities that refuse to enforce immigration law, has a history of raising large sums of money for the Democratic Party.
Orrick raised more than $230,000 for President Barack Obama and at least $100,000 John Kerry’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2004, according to record through Public Citizen.
In 2008, Orrick “raised at least $200,000” as a bundler for Obama’s campaign and achieved “mega-donor status” by giving another $30,800 to “committees supporting Barack Obama.”
The judge is also known for blocking the release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives negotiating prices for organs from aborted fetuses in 2015.
Orrick had a long history of donating to Democratic Party elites, including former President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and both of California’s Democratic senators before landing a seat on the federal bench, according to a records search of OpenSecrets.org.
Judge Orrick was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama in 2012.