TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 11, 2014

Recent developments in the retention election of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices raise "red flags for high spending" in the state, Justice at Stake said today. Public records show that the campaigns to retain Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee have raised a total of $598,262 and have spent $107,610 buying television ads in the Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville media markets. JAS also reports that the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – the national conservative group that earlier this year financed a campaign against a North Carolina justice – registered with the state elections board on July 10, presumably to begin spending money in the state. News Channel 5 has more on that story in a piece today that quotes a RSLC spokesperson who says the group is getting involved because "Tennesseans deserve to know the liberal record and ideology" of the justices.