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State of Wisconsin

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Wisconsin

Campaign Oversight

Following the 2007 supreme court elections, the State Bar of Wisconsin created a task force to monitor the April 2008 supreme court races. The bipartisan seven-member Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee educated voters about the unique role of judges and monitored campaign-related activities of candidates and their supporters. The committee sought pledges from candidates that they would adhere to the code of judicial conduct, which defines permissible judicial campaign activities. The committee also reviewed campaign materials produced by candidates and their supporters to determine if any such materials violated the code. While the committee concentrated on supreme court elections in 2008, its scope may be expanded in the future to include all judicial races.