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August 04, 2014


Big Money Moves Into Judicial Races

Bloomberg Businessweek: "Spending on judicial races has been ticking up along with overall election spending for the past decade, but the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on political spending by groups unaffiliated with individual campaigns, has driven money into races once run on shoestring budgets."

"For donors, smaller races offer distinct advantages over presidential or congressional elections. It's relatively inexpensive to influence the outcome, and voters tend to have less-fixed opinions of municipal or state officials. Judges are particularly attractive targets, because they have authority to rule on ideological issues such as abortion or to set precedents on business regulations."












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