Public Financing Reduced Judicial Corruption in NC

Vox: “Hazelton, Montgomery, and Nyhan examined the behavior of a smaller subset of justices on the state Supreme Court whose service spanned the implementation of the law. They looked at how often the justices voted in favor of the attorneys who were arguing cases before them, and how that behavior changed after the justices stopped relying on those attorneys for donations.

“As compared with the justices who continued to rely exclusively on private donors for money, the justices in the public funding system were 60 percent less likely to vote in favor of donors who contributed money to their campaigns at some point in the previous eight years. (The researchers limited their analysis to the cases that were non-unanimous, on the reasonable assumption that the split decisions were harder calls where campaign contributions might be more important).”

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