Backstory: The Increasing Influence of Money in Judicial Elections

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In the last decade, spending on campaigns for state Supreme Court positions has more than doubled. On today’s second Backstory, Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, discusses why these races are attracting more and more money and what it means for our judiciary system.


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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

My problem in judicial elections has always been that I couldn't find out enough info on the candidates to make an informed decision on how to vote. But this year when I searched for info, I found an actual Judicial Candidate Voter Guide ( linked from the NYC League of Women Voters site! It includes personal statements & ratings from the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) for most of the candidates. More info on the commissions is at (

Nov. 10 2011 02:17 PM
A listener

If this hasn't already been said, voters should turn to their local Bar Association for judicial recommendations. In my experience, you only have to remember the handful of names of judges deemed not qualified and be sure to vote against them.

Nov. 10 2011 01:57 PM
Daniel from NYC

Excellent argument for public funding of elections and an end to political advertising,
This issue urgent attention.

Nov. 10 2011 01:53 PM

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