Candidates for North Carolina’s Supreme Court have raised a record breaking $2.9 million in campaign funds this election cycle thanks to the absence of a public financing system the state removed last year.
One month out from Nov. 4 elections, North Carolina Supreme Court candidates have booked more than $1 million in TV airtime -- money they raised from business interests and lawyers who may later appear before them.
With the Election Day fast approaching, candidates have spent nearly $710,000 on TV ad buys in four contested North Carolina Supreme Court races -- ads that will likely attempt to politicize candidates' previous rulings.
As special interest spending in judicial elections continues to soar, outside groups have pledge to spend in upcoming elections in Ohio, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico and Texas in an attempt to reshape the courts.
A significant new barrage of campaign ads hit Tennessee airwaves this week targeting three state Supreme Court justices up for retention. The politically-charged ads calls the impartiality of Tennessee's court into question.