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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law recently published “The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12—How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts.” The center, which has been studying the subject since 2000, emphasized “the increased politicalization and escalating spending in state judicial campaigns, as well as the growing role of special interest money.” In 2012, $29.7 million was spent on television ads in judicial campaigns, and it was reported that $33.7 million was spent on television ads, with $15.4 million spent by special interest groups, on elections to state high courts races in 2011-12. In one form or another, 38 states elect justices to their highest courts.

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