Bonneau, Chris W. “Campaign Fundraising in State Supreme Court Elections,” 88 Social Science Quarterly 68 (2007). (SSRN)

December 20, 2011

This article examines the determinants of campaign contributions to candidates running for the state supreme court from 1990–2000 and finds that, while candidates with a greater likelihood of success are better able to raise money, the electoral context of the state and the court and the institutional arrangements of the election and the court are also key factors in candidates’ ability to raise money.

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