A Hostile Takeover

In this update: 1. Interest groups win Supreme Court race 2. Updated campaign finance profiles for state officials now online A Hostile Takeover

Email date: 4/2/08

In this update:
1. Interest groups win Supreme Court race
2. Updated campaign finance profiles for state officials now online

Challenger Michael Gableman ousted incumbent Justice Louis Butler in yesterday’s state Supreme Court election, but the real winner was the special interests. Interest groups spent more than $4 million in an effort to control the state Supreme Court, outgunning the candidates by a huge margin and dictating the debate from the beginning of the campaign to the end.

In what CBS News charitably called a "cheesy way" to decide who sits on the state’s highest court, the election produced a new justice who one longtime court watcher labeled "unfit for any office."

For more on the election outcome, go here. To read a post-mortem by the Democracy Campaign’s director, check out our latest Big Money Blog.

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The Democracy Campaign today posted updated campaign finance profiles for state legislators, the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. To see who’s been filling your representatives’ campaign coffers, go here.