New report reveals flood of cash into judicial elections

If you attended last week’s Lawyers and Leaders event “Defending Iowa’s Courts” or are otherwise interested in the powerful and growing role that special-interest money is playing in judicial elections nationwide, check out this TIME article.

The new report on judicial election spending was sponsored by the New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, and the Justice At Stake campaign, which was also one of the co-sponsor’s of the “Defending Iowa Courts” event. The report highlights the trend of special interest money creeping into state judicial elections: for instance, non-candidate spending nearly doubled in the 2009-2010 cycle. And in that cycle, 40 percent of all the money spent on high court races came from just 10 groups.

To see the press release on the report, click here. For a full copy of the report, click here.

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