Impartial Justice

For 10 years, Common Cause in Wisconsin fought for public financing of our state's Supreme Court elections, playing the lead role in the 2009 passage and enactment into law of an "Impartial Justice" measure, legislation that provided full public financing to Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates who agreed to spending limits -- ensuring that elected Justices would not be beholden to large campaign donors. The Impartial Justice Law has since been repealed by Governor Scott Walker and the State Legislature.

But we're not giving up the fight for a fair and impartial State Supreme Court.

We are now exploring the viability of a merit selection process (or a merit-election hybrid) as an alternative to Wisconsin's current system of electing our State Supreme Court Justices. Currently millions of dollars in both direct campaign contributions and outside special interest money flow into our State Supreme Court elections, undermining the impartiality of our elected Justices.

Inform your State Legislators and your local newspaper that the current system of Supreme Court elections is corrupt. Tell them we need a viable alternative soon.

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While it is disappointing that the U.S. Supreme Court chose to ignore such clear conflicts for the Wisconsin justices, the issues behind the case are far from dead. Recent revelations about the 2011-2012 recall elections have raised troubling new...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wisconsin John Doe Appeal
October 3, 2016

“Disgust and resignation won’t change what self-interest created. Get Active. Join Common Cause in Wisconsin, our advocate for ethics and campaign finance reform.” - Madison Magazine

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June 15, 2014

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