Report: Cost of Judicial Elections Has 'Soared'

According to a new report, the cost of judicial campaigns has soared in recent years. Since 2000, “The New Politics of Judicial Elections” series has tracked the increased politicization and escalating spending in state judicial campaigns, as well as the growing role of special interest money. The 2011-2012 report analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections specifically and documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”