Justice at Stake Campaign

We’re a nationwide, nonpartisan partnership of more than forty-five judicial, legal and citizen organizations. We’ve come together because across America, your right to fair and impartial justice is at stake. Judges and citizens are deeply concerned about the growing impact of money and politics on fair and impartial courts. Our mission is to educate the public and work for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom—so judges can do their job protecting the Constitution, individual rights and the rule of law.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wisconsin Called ‘Ground Zero of All That Is Wrong’ in Judicial Elections
A campaign ad attacking Justice David T. Prosser Jr. is the latest example of Wisconsin’s furious descent into negative politics in state high court elections, Justice at Stake, a nonpartisan national reform group, said today. “Wisconsin has become Ground Zero of all that is wrong with state supreme court elections in America today,” Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. “For the third time in four elections, special interest money and character attacks are driving the campaign.”
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Newswire article
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
2010 Judicial Elections Increase Pressure on Courts, Reform Groups Say
Election Day 2010 brought a new round of special interest money, nasty ads and wedge issue politics into America's courtrooms, breaking several spending records and spreading costly, ideological hardball campaigns into new states.The roar of this year's national politics-which favored populists and partisans, and tilted against incumbents and the establishment-played out in judicial elections and referenda in a number of states.
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Newswire article
Friday, October 29, 2010
Judicial Elections 2010: TV Spending Surges
Spending on state Supreme Court TV ads has exploded nationally as Election Day nears, with $3.3 million being spent in the week between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27. The TV binge has raised total ad spending to nearly $13 million for the 2009-10 election cycle, with business and conservative groups outspending lawyers and unions in every major state except Illinois.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Solid Bipartisan Majorities Believe Judges Influenced by Campaign Contributions
Large bipartisan majorities of Americans believe elected judges give favored treatment to their campaign bankrollers, and favor reforms to reduce the perception that justice is for sale, according to a national poll released today.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Reform Groups Urge White House, Senate to Reduce Judicial Backlogs
Three national legal reform groups have called on the White House and Senate leaders of both parties to work together to reduce a growing backlog of judicial nominations, saying that "the process of nominating and confirming federal judges has been politicized by both parties, damaging the integrity of our justice system."
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Newswire article
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Senators Urged to Probe Sotomayor on Proper Role of Impartial Courts
A national court-advocacy group has called on U.S. senators to pose 10 questions to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, to gauge her views on insulating courts from "inappropriate political influence." In a June 19 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice at Stake Campaign said the questions "will help Americans to understand Judge Sotomayor's perspective on the significance of a fair and impartial judiciary. We encourage you to bring these pertinent issues to the public's attention."
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