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New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12

New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12

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“The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections. In 2011-12, many of these races “seemed alarmingly indistinguishable from ordinary political campaigns—featuring everything from Super PACs and mudslinging attack ads to millions of dollars of candidate fundraising and independent spending.” The report documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”
“The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections. In 2011-12, many of these races “seemed alarmingly indistinguishable from ordinary political campaigns—featuring everything from Super PACs and mudslinging attack ads to millions of dollars of candidate fundraising and independent spending.” The report documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”

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Published by: The Brennan Center for Justice on Oct 23, 2013
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 About the Brennan Center For Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to holdour political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democ-racy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaignfinance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in thefight against terrorism. A singular institution—part think tank, part public interestlaw firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub—the Brennan Center seeksmeaningful, measurable change in the systems by which our nation is governed.
For more information, visit www.brennancenter.org .
 About the National Institute onMoney in State Politics
The National Institute on Money in State Politics collects, publishes, and analyzes data on campaign money in state elections. The database dates back to the 1990 election cyclefor some states and is comprehensive for all 50 states since the 1999–2000 election cycle.The Institute has compiled a 50-state summary of state supreme court contributiondata from 1989 through the present, as well as complete, detailed databases of campaigncontributions for all state high-court judicial races beginning with the 2000 elections.
For more information, visit www.followthemoney.org .
 About Justice at Stake
 Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan campaign working to keep America’s courts fair andimpartial. Justice at Stake and its 50-plus state and national partners work for reformsto keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom—so judges can protect ourConstitution, our rights and the rule of law. Justice at Stake also educates Americansabout the role of the courts, promotes diversity on the bench, and supports adequateresources for courts.
For more information, visit www.justiceatstake.org .
 
THE
NEW POLITICS
 
OF
 JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 
2011–12
How New Waves of Special Interest SpendingRaised the Stakes for Fair Courts
by 
 Alicia Bannon
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law 
Eric Velasco
Consultant
Linda Casey 
National Institute on Money in State Politics
Lianna Reagan
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law 
Laurie Kinney and Peter Hardin, Editors
 Justice at Stake

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