TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 17, 2016

Outside groups spent more money on campaigns for seats on state courts nationwide than ever before, an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows. At least one court seat was at stake in 27 states on Election Day. Special interest groups spent a record $19.4 million on television ads for judicial candidates, over half of all television spending in these races. The Republican State Leadership Committee spent the most of any group, putting $4 million into eight different races as part of its effort to elect more conservative justices. But incumbent judges had money in their corners too. “I think it can be misleading to just look at money going to challengers who lose and then concluding the money had no impact,” said Alicia Bannon, a senior counsel with the center. The Marshall Project looks at judicial elections in several key states.