The Influence of Campaign Contributors Over Elected Judges

Ryan Rebe

William Paterson University


APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper

I constructed an original dataset of campaign contributions and case outcomes at the state supreme court level. I coded 350 cases from the 2011-2012 terms across 14 diverse state supreme courts. I find that judges in my sample are more likely to vote with campaign contributors in both non-partisan and partisan states. However, certain electoral institutions constrain these effects. There is less of an effect in states that impose strict contribution limits and have longer term lengths. Moreover, the effects of contributions are more pronounced in states with partisan ballots.

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Keywords: Campaign contributions, state supreme courts, electoral institutions

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Date posted: July 16, 2012 ; Last revised: August 31, 2012

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Rebe, Ryan, The Influence of Campaign Contributors Over Elected Judges (2012). APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109065

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Ryan Rebe (Contact Author)
William Paterson University ( email )
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
United States
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