AP Features JAS Warning on Costly, Politicized Court Races

Wisconsin_flag_mapDespite facing a flood of negative TV advertising, Court of Appeals JoAnne Kloppenburg is sticking close in a recent poll to opponent Justice Rebecca Bradley in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, the Associated Press reported, using Justice at Stake ad-tracking data.

“High-priced, politicized judicial elections are no way to build fair and impartial courts,” the AP quoted JAS Executive Director Susan Liss as saying.

The election will be held Tuesday. TV ad spending was approaching $2.7 million when JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice documented totals earlier this week; TV ad contract purchases by the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, backing Bradley, totaled about $1.54 million and those by the Greater Wisconsin Committee, supporting Kloppenburg, at least $345,000.