The Power of Attack Ads in Judicial Races

In nearly every country in the world, judges are appointed rather than elected. But in 39 states, including California, judges have to win elections to get on the bench. Those races are getting increasingly expensive in the post-Citizens United era, raising questions about the influence of spending by partisan political groups.

Credits

Guest:
Rick Hasen - professor of Law at UC Irvine, author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” - @rickhasen

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott