Cliff Taylor, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, has blown away all fund-raising records for judicial elections in his state.
Chief Justice Taylor has raised $1.4 million, as of Aug. 7, three months before the November election, according to the nonprofit group Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which added:
Taylor owned the previous Michigan Supreme Court fundraising record of $1,340,000, set in the campaign of 2000. Taylor’s 2008 total is the seventh time a Michigan Supreme Court candidate has raised over $1 million, and the first time it has been accomplished prior to a party nominating convention. Taylor’s campaign had raised only $350,000 as of the 2000 pre-convention report.
Chief Justice Taylor, a Republican, was pulled into the controversy over Reform Michigan Government Now in July, when the state Democratic Party targeted him in a television ad urging that he allow the ballot measure to appear on the ballot. That ad was criticized in a Justice at Stake press release.
The Democrats, whose state convention is Sept. 6, have not named an opponent to face Taylor in the November election.