Outside groups have already spent a record $14 million on TV ads in the 2015-16 state supreme court election cycle, and outside spending is expected to continue to surge in the final weeks before Election Day.
Special interests know that state supreme courts have tremendous power to shape the legal and policy landscape. The rise of secret outside spending poses a major threat to the integrity of our justice system.
In recent decades, state judicial selection has become increasingly politicized, polarized, and dominated by special interests. This new Brennan Center initiative aims to spur conversation — and innovation — on ways to improve.
With states across the country still struggling to achieve diversity on the bench, the Brennan Center released a new guide to help judicial nominating commissions more effectively recruit and evaluate diverse judicial candidates.
With only days left before West Virginia’s May 10 Supreme Court election, five outside groups have spent more than $2.9 million in the race, according to a Brennan Center for Justice analysis of state disclosure forms.
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day on May 10, four outside groups have spent more than $1.1 million in the West Virginia Supreme Court race, where five candidates are vying for one open seat on the bench.
With less than a month to go before Election Day, three candidates in West Virginia’s five-way race for a single supreme court seat have now purchased TV ad contracts worth a combined total of at least $274,140.