University of Denver

Ad Seeks to Disqualify Michigan Supreme Court Candidate

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

An ad sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Crisis Network criticizes a supreme court candidate for volunteering to provide free legal representation to individuals suspected of terrorism. Spending on the ad is expected to top $1 million.

One expert on campaign spending in the state speculates that spending on supreme court races by candidates, special interests, and political parties will exceed $10 million. It is difficult to track, however, because much of the spending is not subject to disclosure rules.