Spending on TV ads in Washington State judicial elections has not been as high, historically, as spending in other states: Washington ranked 14th nationally in terms of TV spending from 2000–2009 (and 12th overall in candidate fundraising), according to a comprehensive study of the decade. Three justices faced elections in 2010: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen was unopposed in her bid for an additional term; Justice James Johnson defeated primary challenger Stan Rumbaugh and will run unopposed on the November 2 ballot; and incumbent Justice Richard Sanders is being challenged by Charlie Wiggins.
To date in 2010, no television advertising has run on networks that are carried by the satellite that the Brennan Center’s partner, TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG, uses to capture judicial campaign advertisements. One group, however, reported spending $70,000 during the primary campaign to air on local cable channels an advertisement attacking Justice Johnson.
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July 30, 2010– In the Pocket of Special Interests
Ad ad from Impartial Justice says that Jim Johnson is in the pocket of big business.
Don’t Re-elect Justice Richard Sanders for State Supreme Court, Seattle Times, October 25, 2010.