There’s something wrong with a system that allows
campaign contributors to buy gratitude and access to judges. But that’s the
world we live in now, and it’s getting rapidly worse.
Oregon’s judges are most often appointed, not elected, insulating
them from campaign cash. But unfortunately, there’s no formal appointment
process in place to guarantee transparency and merit-based selection. It’s
simply a makeshift workaround to avoid politicized elections. Many judges, wary
of money in politics, step down before their terms end, enabling the governor
to point a successor.
It’s time Oregon fixes this problem. A majority of states
use a merit-based appointment system to select at least some of their judges,
insulating their courts from campaign cash. It’s considered a best practice for
protecting judicial impartiality. Let’s defend Oregon’s proud tradition of
judicial integrity. Let our state legislature know it’s time to act, by signing
on to the petition below.
Sign on to the petition below:
To the Oregon Legislature,
As Oregonians, voters and constituents, we call on you to
act to preserve Oregon’s longstanding tradition of a fair and impartial
In this post Citizens United world, when those with the most
money are allowed to buy the most political influence, and when political
donors are increasingly targeting judicial elections, it’s time to insulate our
courts from money in politics. Oregon judges should not be raising campaign
funds from the very people who appear before them in court.
It’s time that we adopt a transparent, merit-based appointment
process to select judges.
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