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Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races

Gavel and money book_alt2 icon Report This compilation of recent reports describes the distorting influence of campaign cash and suggests policy solutions to mitigate these problems.

Byby Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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.

Byby 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.

Byby 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.

Byby Billy Corriher | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

U.S. Supreme Court buildingThe Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.

Byby Crosby Burns and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Federal Judicial Emergencies

article icon Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija on the state of judicial emergencies in the nation.

Byby Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Infographic: An Easy Guide to Federal Judicial Nominations

Most Americans don't know how or why a federal judge is chosen. This infographic outlines the federal judicial nomination process step by step.

Byby Sandhya Bathija and April Carson | Thursday, November 8, 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.

Byby 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.

Byby 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.

Byby Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why Courts Matter: Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood rally article icon Issue Brief When it comes to issues of women’s rights and health, the federal judiciary will continue to play an instrumental role, and we must actively engage in shaping its composition.

Byby April Carson and Liz Chen | Friday, October 5, 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.

Byby Billy Corriher | Monday, August 13, 2012

The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries

Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.

Byby Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky | Monday, August 13, 2012

Why Courts Matter

article icon Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton look at recent and ongoing court cases that demonstrate how much is at stake for the LGBT community.

Byby Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton | Thursday, July 12, 2012

Progressives Must Take Back Courts

Regardless of where you live, or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works, writes Andrew Blotky.

Byby Andrew Blotky | Sunday, May 6, 2012