Texans today choose Texas judges in partisan elections.
Campaign contributions, many from deep-pockets donors, pay for judicial
campaigns. As this 1998 survey data shows, few people believe that
judges completely ignore their campaign contributors. Overwhelming
majorites of the public, attorneys, court personnel, and even judges
themselves believe campaign contributions have a somewhat or very
significant influence on judicial decisions. Attorneys--a major source
of contributions--almost universally believe their money affects
judicial decisions. The public appears more conflicted on this matter
than elites and insiders. Larger proportions of the public than of any
other group believe either that campaign dollars are a very significant
matter or that they don't matter at all.