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The Million Dollar Judges of 2012

Justice Don Willett article icon Issue Brief Billy Corriher looks at the judges who won elections in 2012 while raising roughly $1 million or more, as well as those who had more than $1 million spent on their behalf by independent groups.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts article icon Issue Brief Public financing programs can drastically limit the opportunity for lawyers, corporations, or others to influence the law through campaign contributions, and can make smaller donors more important to the process.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity

West Virginia Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Money Undermines Judges' Impartiality

The explosion of campaign cash in judicial elections has led citizens to doubt whether judges can be impartial.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, November 12, 2012

Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of Politics

A CAP Action report explains why merit-selection systems and retention elections are a good way to keep judges free from politicization of elections.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash

Michigian Supreme Court Justices article icon Issue Brief Reasonable minds can differ over whether to elect judges, but it is clear that electing judges in partisan elections leads to a myriad of problems.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections

Supreme Court building in Washington article icon Issue Brief Disclosure laws for corporation and individual donations to judicial elections allow voters to know who's spending money on electing certain judges—and whose side those judges will be on in trial.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Special Interests Tip the Scales of Justice in Favor of Corporations

Americans are rightly concerned about significant sums of corporate campaign cash capturing their elected representatives. Even more troubling, though less reported, is the flood of campaign money that has poured into elections for state court justices over the last two decades. Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United […]

By Billy Corriher and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big Business Taking over State Supreme Courts

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Billy Corriher documents how corporations are bending judges to their will through campaign cash.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, August 13, 2012

Billy Corriher

Billy Corriher is the Director of Research for Legal Progress at American Progress, where his work focuses on state courts and the influence of political contributions on judges. Corriher joined American Progress after working in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, where he investigated civil rights and privacy complaints […]

Monday, July 30, 2012