The Impact of Citizens United on the Judiciary

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-echochambers-29858096

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/10/30/surge-in-past-week-increases-campaign-spending-for-the-year-on-state-supreme-court-tv-ads-by-about-a-third/

The impact of Citizens United v FEC (2010) has been quite well documented, and will undoubtedly be a topic of conversation following the $4bn mid-terms this year. What is of further interest however, is the impact on the 39 states which elect their judges. While the Constitution allows for Supreme Court Justices to maintain their position in ‘times of good Behavior’, in 39 states some or all of their justices are elected. This means the role of money becomes crucial and these two articles discuss the sheer volume of cash these judicial races have attracted; so much so, that there are concerns that the cash is now started to influence judicial decisions, undermining judicial neutrality and independence. Useful for both the judicial topic, as well as pressure groups.

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