A government watchdog wants campaign finance reform in all races so we can have impartial justice. Mike McCabe, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign , says Wisconsin has had relatively low-cost Supreme Court races as compared to other states. But, he says, those days are over. “I don't think there's any question that this is going to be the most expensive state Supreme Court race that Wisconsin has ever seen, and it probably will be the nastiest state Supreme Court race that we have ever had in Wisconsin.”
McCabe says the race for state Supreme Court is getting very partisan. It used to be that the legal community donated to the candidates, he says, but now the special interest groups are pushing to get special interest justice.
McCabe says Wisconsin citizens want to know that they'll be treated fairly and impartially, but soon public confidence in the integrity of our judicial system could be seriously eroded, unless we do something about the way Supreme Court races are conducted. “If any citizen, God forbid, ends up in court and has to go before a judge they want to know that that judge is going to be fair and impartial. They want to know that that judge will be accountable only to the law and the constitution and is not accountable to some special interest group or partisan politicians.”
McCabe says the special interest donations will likely lead to conflicts of interest, and more judges will have to consider recusing themselves from cases.