Special interest groups gave millions of dollars to judicial candidates in the month before last week's elections, but failed to defeat their opponents in some of the tightest races in the country. In the most expensive race, business groups were unable to win the retention of the incumbent chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In Illinois, special interest groups sparked one of the most expensive appellate court races in U.S. history. One observer predicts more groups will help finance future races.
Special Interest Cash Hits a Wall in Judicial Elections
The National Law Journal
November 17, 2006