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New Report: Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels
Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice are pleased to announce that the latest edition in our series The New Politics of Judicial Elections is now released. The new volume is entitled The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts. The full report can be viewed at www.newpoliticsreport.org along with judicial campaign ads.
In the report, we look at the first full election cycle since the Citizens United decision, and how special interest groups took increasing advantage of an ability to spend freely in state judicial races. Some observers now fear that harsh TV attack ads, multimillion-dollar judicial campaigns and an all-out race to politicize the bench have become the "new normal."
To read previous editions of The New Politics of Judicial Elections, click here.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is Justice at Stake's first Honorary Chair. Justice O’Connor, America’s first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and retired in 2006. She is one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for fair and impartial courts.
Fair, impartial courts protect the rights of every American. But across America, special interests are spending millions on elections and demanding that our courts answer to narrow, partisan agendas, not to the law.
Justice at Stake educates Americans about the crucial role of state and federal courts, defends judges from threats and intimidation, promotes diversity, and advocates reforms to keep campaign cash out of the courtroom. Our goal is fair, impartial justice for all. Learn more
The Summit - July 28-30 in Washington, DC - will expand state advocates' understanding of fair court issues within the broader political landscape and build their organizing and strategy skills. It will engage new constituencies working at the state and national levels on issues that depend on access to fair courts and that advocate to protect fair courts and help to network them with groups working to defend impartial justice.