Thursday, October 29, 2015

Another Big Problem With Big Money: Buying Justice, But, Not Justice for All

Equal Justice Under Law: Yeah, if you have enough money to buy it

Justice May be Blind but Only in One Eye

Money Over Justice
(works all the time)


From the best source for tracking money in politics, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, this dramatic headline:

Outside Spending by Special Interests Floods Judicial Elections

Sub-title: Once Rare, Multi-Million Dollar Judicial Races Have Become Commonplace 

Part of that story here:

Special-interest groups accounted for a record-high 29 percent of total spending in state judicial races in the 2013-14 election cycle, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Justice at Stake, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Offering a detailed analysis of the latest state Supreme Court campaign trends, Bankrolling the Bench: The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2013-14 shows how special-interest spending has impacted the composition of state courts nationwide — and calls into question how campaign spending may affect courts’ decisions.

The study finds that multi-million dollar judicial races, once unheard of, are now common across the country. Social welfare organizations and other outside groups are also increasingly spending on court races, the report notes, spurred in part by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

The cycle also saw a notable development in a highly public initiative by a national group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which spent nearly $3.4 million across judicial races in five states.

Now, for those who say big amounts of uncontrolled money doesn’t matter – may I suggest, think again.

Thanks for stopping by and keep in mind: we need to all work to turn off that money spigot – it is running our entire system – believe it.

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