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Require disclosure on judicial-retention campaigns

State lawmakers who say they want a more transparent government should improve the state’s campaign-finance laws. One place to start is requiring finance disclosures for retention campaigns of appellate judges. Kansas and Utah appear to be the only states where retention campaigns don’t have to disclose the source of their funding. Voters should be able to know who is spending money trying to influence the judiciary. – Phillip Brownlee