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PAC campaign doesn’t derail state supreme court justice’s bid for re-election

Posted May 7, 2014 8:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Justice For All NC's ad.

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson survived a runoff on Tuesday, despite a negative ad funded by a PAC called Justice for All NC.

Hudson will face Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson in the November election. They were the top two vote getters in the three-way race, report WRAL and the Charlotte Observer.

The Republican State Leadership Committee gave $900,000 to Justice for All NC, which funded the attack ad claiming Hudson was “not tough on child molesters." The ad, which can be seen on YouTube, targeted Hudson for a 2010 dissent in which she said it was unconstitutional to apply a law requiring electronic monitoring of child molesters to people convicted before the law passed.

"I'm glad North Carolina voters made a stand that our courts are not for sale," Hudson told WRAL on Tuesday. "But they are going to have to do it again this fall."

Justice For All NC raised $1.7 million two years ago, sending the money to another PAC that supported a different justice’s re-election bid. Critics say outside money is flooding judicial elections as a result of the Citizens United decision removing restrictions on independent campaign spending by corporations.

Updated at 10:39 a.m. to add a link to the video.

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