Cases, Cash Play Roles in Wisconsin Court Race

Justice Bradley, left; Judge Kloppenburg, right

As Election Day for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race nears, both candidates are facing scrutiny over rulings in past cases, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  The Journal-Sentinel reports that Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg’s rulings in favor of defendants in four Court of Appeals cases have drawn criticism, while Justice Bradley has been criticized “because she has ruled on few cases the public can review.”

Meanwhile, a Wisconsin Public Radio report on “Where the money is going” in the Supreme Court race highlights the prevalence of outside spending by the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform.  The report includes an interactive map showing how the Alliance’s TV ad spending has dominated major media markets in the state.  The Alliance’s advertising has supported Justice Bradley.  Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice are tracking ad spending in the race and noted most recently that total TV spending by all sides had reached nearly $1.3 million, with three weeks to go before Election Day.