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Campaign Contributions and the Michigan Court of Appeals

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Abstract:

About 18 percent of the cases heard by the Michigan Court of Appeals during a five-year period involved campaign contributors who had given to one of the judges sitting on the panel that heard the cases. This study is part of the Institute's Money in Judicial Politics project examining who contributes to judicial races, how often contributors appear before a judge to whom they contributed, and how their cases fared in the judicial system.