Key findings

  • Outside groups spent $11.7 million to influence 10 key state supreme court races in 2012-13.
  • Nearly 40 percent of the spending came from groups whose funding originated mostly out-of-state.
  • Outside influence likely helped decide races in North Carolina, Mississippi and Iowa. 
  • Three-quarters of the independent spending was traced to business groups and trial lawyers.
  • Four of the top 12 spending groups  -- Partnership for Ohio’s Future, Judicial Crisis Network, Wisconsin Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity --  did not publicly identify their donors.