“Business donations to judges’ campaigns often equal friendly rulings”


State supreme court justices are favoring the corporate interests that finance their election campaigns, a comprehensive new study concludes.

With more judicial elections now awash in dollars, the study of several thousand court decisions found a relationship between business-affiliated contributions and how justices voted. The more business money a supreme court justice has received, the more likely she or he is to support business litigants, according to the yearlong study by the American Constitution Society, a liberal advocacy group.

“We have reason to be worried,” study author Joanna Shepherd said Tuesday. “Business groups tend to spend far more on judicial elections than any other interest group.”


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