Outside Groups Enter Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
Outside groups have made late expenditures in two judicial contests on Wisconsin’s April 7 ballot, according to an analysis of Federal Communications Commission records conducted by the Brennan Center and Justice at Stake. As of March 31, TV ad spending in the state supreme court candidate’s race surpassed $600,000, with incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley spending $510,665. Additionally, “the left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee, the first outside group to spend in this race and a big spender in past judicial elections, booked TV ad contracts totaling $101,957.” The Greater Wisconsin Committee’s ad attacks Justice Bradley’s challenger, Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley. Daley has spent $108,112 buying radio ad space but is yet to launch a television ad. The analysis also highlights a focus by spenders on Question 1, a ballot measure to change the method for selecting the chief justice of the court. Though traditional big spenders are supporting groups on either side of the ballot measure, the bulk of the spending thus far is a single $600,000 contribution from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to a group in favor of Question 1.
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Big losers: Rinaldi, Spencer, Simonovich, Edwards,