University of Denver

Florida: Top fundraisers for the quarter include a surprising black-robed bunch

Former Senior Director

As of mid-April, the three supreme court justices standing for retention in November had each raised between $156,000 and $160,000 for their retention effort, most of which came from lawyers and law firms. Committees handle the justices’ campaign finances, as the code of judicial conduct bars them from personally soliciting contributions. The justices are responding to an opposition campaign mounted by Restore Justice 2012, which describes Florida’s supreme court as one of the most activist in the nation. Restore Justice 2012 has support from at least one national group, Americans for Prosperity.