Patterns of Campaign Spending and Electoral Competition in State Supreme Court Elections
Justice System Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 21-38, 2004
34 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2007
One of the hottest topics in politics today is the method by which state supreme court justices are selected. The debate over whether judges should be appointed or elected (or some combination of both) is raging in several state legislatures, as well as in the media. State supreme court elections have been heavily criticized for the increasing amounts of money that have been raised and spent during campaigns for the state high court bench. In this article, I examine the trends in campaign spending and electoral contests in all contested state supreme court races from 1990-2000.
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