The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law released a study of the records of two Ohio Supreme Court Justices – Justices French and Kennedy – who are both running for re-election this year. The study found that Justice French voted with her top campaign contributors over 91% of the time, and that Justice Kennedy voted with her contributors 88% of the time. This study is really remarkable for a couple of reasons.
First, money in politics matters. We don’t want our government sold to the highest bidder. Second, the 1851 Center is affiliated with the tea party movement. One of their main issues is limited government. The fact they they, of all groups, are critical of two of the conservatives on the Court says something.
What does this mean to you:
If you are interested in Justices who aren’t influenced by campaign contributions or are interested limiting government, this study suggests, these aren’t the Justices you’re looking for.