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"New-Style" Judicial Campaigns and the Legitimacy of State High Courts
Unformatted Document Text:  -33- Table 1. Vignette Manipulations and Versions 1 H : Institution State Supreme Court State Legislature 2 H : Greater conflicts of interests created by campaign contributions are expected to detract from the perceived impartiality of political andlegal institutions. Strong conflict –Contributions fromlitigants Judge Anderson receives campaign contributions — that is,money — from corporations and public interest groups thatregularly try cases before his court, the [State] Supreme Court. Senator Anderson receives campaign contributions – that is,money –from corporations and public interest groups thatregularly receive contracts and public spending approved bythe [State] Senate. Moderate conflict –Contributions frominterest groups Judge Anderson receives campaign contributions — that is,money — from corporations and public interest groups that areinterested in influencing legal decisions, but which do not trycases before Judge’s Anderson’s court, the [State] SupremeCourt. Senator Anderson receives campaign contributions – that is,money – from corporations and public interest groups thatare interested in influencing legislation, but which do notreceive any contracts or public spending approved by the[State] Senate. No conflict –No contributions Judge Anderson has been offered campaign contributions —that is, money — from corporations and public interest groups,but he declines to accept any contributions whatsoever, sayingthat he wants to avoid any threats to his impartiality whendeciding cases before the [State] Supreme Court. Senator Anderson has been offered campaign contributions– that is, money – from corporations and public interestgroups, but he declines to accept any contributionswhatsoever, saying he wants to avoid any threats to hisimpartiality when voting on legislation in the [State] Senate.

Authors: Gibson, James.
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Table 1. Vignette Manipulations and Versions
1
H : Institution
State Supreme Court
State Legislature
2
H : Greater conflicts of interests created by campaign contributions are expected to detract from the perceived impartiality of political and
legal institutions.
Strong conflict –
Contributions from
litigants
Judge Anderson receives campaign contributions — that is,
money — from corporations and public interest groups that
regularly try cases before his court, the [State] Supreme Court.
Senator Anderson receives campaign contributions – that is,
money –from corporations and public interest groups that
regularly receive contracts and public spending approved by
the [State] Senate.
Moderate conflict –
Contributions from
interest groups
Judge Anderson receives campaign contributions — that is,
money — from corporations and public interest groups that are
interested in influencing legal decisions, but which do not try
cases before Judge’s Anderson’s court, the [State] Supreme
Court.
Senator Anderson receives campaign contributions – that is,
money – from corporations and public interest groups that
are interested in influencing legislation, but which do not
receive any contracts or public spending approved by the
[State] Senate.
No conflict –
No contributions
Judge Anderson has been offered campaign contributions —
that is, money — from corporations and public interest groups,
but he declines to accept any contributions whatsoever, saying
that he wants to avoid any threats to his impartiality when
deciding cases before the [State] Supreme Court.
Senator Anderson has been offered campaign contributions
– that is, money – from corporations and public interest
groups, but he declines to accept any contributions
whatsoever, saying he wants to avoid any threats to his
impartiality when voting on legislation in the [State] Senate.


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