When Roy Moore won back his former job as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2012, he raised more out-of-state money than any other appeals court judge running in the country, according to a new report by a Justice at Stake partner organization.
Moore’s campaign took in $265,440 — or 41 percent of his total campaign contributions — from donors in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Australia and Canada, and $143,000 of the total came from an attorney in Maryland, the National Institute on Money in State Politics reported.
Its report is entitled “Courting Donors: Money in Judicial Elections, 2011 and 2012.” The study closely examines the $53.6 million raised by judicial candidates in that period, up from $45.4 million in 2009-2010 and down from $63.4 million in the last presidential election cycle, 2007-2008.
The report has detailed information about judges who raised the most money and donors who gave the most, and it also identifies these trends:
- Fundraising in partisan judicial elections outpaced nonpartisan races;
- As in the past, candidates heavily funded their campaigns out of their own pockets;
- Most judges standing for another term in a retention (yes-or-no) election faced no challenge;
- Incumbents had an 87 percent success rate, and candidates who raised the most money had a 71 percent success rate.
Meanwhile, the News & Observer mentioned the report in an article looking ahead at this year’s North Carolina Supreme Court elections, which are expected to feature high spending. NIMSP was a co-author with Justice at Stake of an earlier study, “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12.”