By: Indy Week
This year’s election for the state judiciary is the first involving big money funneled through political action committees since the GOP repealed a law that established a N.C. Public Campaign Fund for judicial elections in 2013.
North Carolina is one of just seven states where chief justices are elected by voters, drawing campaign donations from across the country. Candidates for the Supreme Court have received more than $4 million in donations, with more than $1 million going to television ads. Mark Martin has contracted for 383 solo ads worth nearly $100,000, according to the Brenan Center for Justice. His contributions are more than double those of his challenger, Ola Lewis.