Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Judicial Races
This article explores the increasing trend of funding from special interest groups targeting campaigns for state courts. Campaign finance laws have strengthened such associations as powerful instruments of action in democracy.
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Outside groups spent more money on campaigns for seats on top state courts nationwide than ever before, an analysis by The Brennan Center for Justice shows. At least one seat was at stake in 27 states on Election Day.
Special interest organizations — most of which don’t have to disclose their donors under campaign finance laws — put a record $19.4 million into TV ads for judicial candidates, over half of all TV spending in these races. The Republican State Leadership Committee spent the most of any group, putting $4 million into eight different races as part of its stated effort to elect more conservative justices. Read more...