State Farm Deal Takes Spotlight Off Judicial ‘Dark Money’
By Andrew Strickler
Sept. 7, 2018
At the same time, the long-awaited trial could have illuminated the due process principles set forth in a keystone judicial recusal case, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Caperton decision, according to judicial election expert James Sample of Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
“The fact that once this got to trial State Farm felt $250 million was an appropriate resolution to make the case go away speaks to the resources available to huge spenders in judicial races and other dark money contexts,” he said. “And I don’t think there is any question dark money will become even more prevalent in politics, including in our judicial elections, in the years to come.”
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