Buying Time -- 2010: Ohio
Three justices on the Ohio Supreme Court are running for re-election in 2010. Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger is squaring off against challenger Mary Jane Trapp; Justice Paul Pfeifer is running unopposed; and Chief Justice Eric Brown is facing a challenge from Justice Maureen O’Connor. With only two competitive Supreme Court elections this fall, it is unlikely that Ohio will see the same record levels of spending that it saw in the years from 2000-2009. During that decade, Ohio ranked third in candidate fundraising between Alabama and Pennsylvania, and ranked first in spending on TV ads, with candidates, the political parties, and outside interest groups collectively spending more than $21 million.
Judith Ann Lanzinger retained her seat and Maureen O'Connor ousted sitting Chief Justice Eric Brown, who was appointed in April 2010.
Leading up to the November 2010 election, the Brennan Center released real-time reports on television advertising in state Supreme Court elections, presented here at “Buying Time — 2010.” These reports continue the groundbreaking analysis first conducted in 2000 examining the sponsorship, content and costs of televised state Supreme Court campaign ads.
October 21, 2010- Guessing 15
Judge Mary Jane Trapp is "a no-nonsense judge with a lot of common sense."
October 21, 2010- Guessing
The Judicial Candidates Rating Commission gives Mary Jane Trapp a "perfect 4.0."
October 21, 2010- Experienced Leadership
Chief Justice Brown, understands the struggles of hard working families.
October 20, 2010- Experienced Leadership
Chief Justice Eric Brown has proven experience.
October 12, 2010 – Judge Judy 2
An ad from the Parntership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, says that Judy Lanzinger protects children and families.
October 12, 2010 – Judge Judy
An ad from the Parntership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, says that Judy Lanzinger is a real Judge Judy.
October 6, 2010 – Team You Can Trust 2
An ad from the Parntership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Maureen O'Connor and Judith Lanzinger are tough and experienced a team you can trust.
October 4, 2010 – Integrity
Judith Ann Lanzinger is a Justice with Integrity.
October 4, 2010 – No You Can't
Justice Maureen O'Conner says "No you can't" to big business.
September 30, 2010 – Team You Can Trust
An ad from the Parntership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, says that Maureen O'Connor and Judith Lanzinger are a team you can trust on the Ohio Supreme Court.
September 22, 2010- WCPN Coverage of Debate Between Candidates for Chief Justice
Listen to the full debate
Leila Atassi, Maureen O'Connor tops Eric Brown for chief of Ohio's high court, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 02, 2010.
Catherine Turcer, Chamber’s affiliate spent $1.45 million on TV supporting Republican Supreme Court Candidates, Money in Politics blog, October 25, 2010.
Ray Hagar, Former Justice O'Connor Wants 'To Keep Cash Out Of' Nevada Courtrooms In Push For Ballot Question, Reno Gazette Journal, September 23, 2010.
David Skolnick, Justice Criticizes Court’s Leadership, The Vindicator, September 21, 2010.
Editorial: Hold That Thought, The Columbus Dispatch, September 17, 2010.
James Nash, Chief Justice Blasts Rival, The Columbus Dispatch, August 26, 2010.