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Concerns about fundraising would vanish if all judges were appointed
Concerns about fundraising would vanish if all judges were appointed

This week the Supreme Court upheld a Florida rule prohibiting candidates for judge from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 ruling, but it was  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurring opinion that explained why curbs on fundraising by judicial candidates are important. “In recent years," Ginsburg noted, "issue-oriented organizations and political action committees have spent millions of dollars opposing the re-election of judges whose decisions do not [toe] a party line or are alleged to be out of step with public opinion.” Of course, the Supreme Court wouldn’t...

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