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Judicial Process Lecture 1) Interest groups in state judicial campaigns: Interest groups have played an ever larger role in judicial campaigns since the late 1970’s. Some worry about the threat that these groups pose to the judiciary for the following reasons: a) The large amounts of money that they can pump into judicial campaigns b) Their widespread use of issue advertising c) The fact that they contribute to the seemingly “endless” nature of campaigns. d) Conflicts of interest are created when groups fund candidate campaigns e) Campaign contributions create a norm of reciprocity between the contributor and the recipient. f) These groups are not subject to any restrictions on their campaign tactics, and, in many states, do not need to disclose their lists of donors. Codes of conduct, on the other hand, restrict what judicial candidates can say in response, and campaign finance laws limit the amounts that they can accept and force them to disclose their donors. 2) Millions and Millions Spent: Campaigns in the mid-80’s in states like TX, OH and CA were among the first to see millions spent on supreme court campaigns by interest groups seeking to influence the outcome of state supreme court elections. These groups represented business interests, trial lawyers, doctors, pro and anti-abortion
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLITICAL 381 taught by Professor Mcleod during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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