Outside groups continue to pour money into state supreme court campaigns, television advertising spending so far totaling $5 million this election season.
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Judicial elections in the United States have undergone a dramatic transformation recently. Today, partisan political groups are spending big money to elect their favorite judges raising serious issues of independence, integrity and impartiality. The possibility of corrupt and even secretive influence bought by funding candidates for the bench raises serious concern. While it is possible that the use of judicial elections may be a workable system for selecting judges, the threat of turning judges into politicians remains evident. Also see our section on American democracy and our Supreme Court articles.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law will track, analyze, and publish data on television spending in these campaigns, leading up to the November 6 elections.
Causing the greatest distress is the growing prevalence of so-called “dark money” in state judicial campaigns
North Carolina’s civil-rights and good-government groups are preparing for a special session
Democratic senators walked out of a legislative study committee meeting Wednesday on judicial selection
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals bars judicial candidates from seeking and using party endorsements
There is concern that the judge backed by the ads may have to recuse himself in future cases
A judicial conduct complaint resulted in the censure of judges who spoke out against a ballot measure
Republican proposal for retention elections as a check on the judiciary in New Jersey
Lawmakers want voters to decide if Supreme Court justices should keep their jobs