The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts

“The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections.  In 2011-12, many of these races “seemed alarmingly indistinguishable from ordinary political campaigns—featuring everything from Super PACs and mudslinging attack ads to millions of dollars of candidate fundraising and independent spending.”  The report documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”

The report was written by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.