These spending patterns suggest certain groups, such as plaintiff’s attorneys and unions, sought to influence the outcome of this election. Of even greater concern are the groups who don't disclose their donors.
Even as spending figures continue to roll in, Pennsylvania's superheated Supreme Court race has broken a national record. More troubling is this unacceptable level of politicization is now the norm, not the exception, for judicial races.
Offering a detailed analysis of the latest state Supreme Court campaign trends, this study shows how special-interest spending has impacted state courts nationwide — and how this spending may affect courtroom decisions.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court election has already set records for candidate fundraising, overall spending, and total television airtime spending, with a week remaining before voters fill three open seats on the court.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-2 to end the investigation into Scott Walker's 2012 campaign, reducing the legal barriers between political campaigns and independent groups and raising serious concerns about judicial impartiality.