We need a rule or statute that requires lawyers who individually have played, or are members of firms which have played, a significant role in a judicial candidate's campaign, to disclose that fact to the opposing party in litigation and to the public.
Bundler lawyers or firms have great influence with campaigning judicial candidates who become or are sitting judges. The public has a right to expect an even playing field of disclosure. The Bar, the Supreme Court of Florida, or the Legislature have a duty to require at least full transparency of the spiraling amounts of money raised by trial lawyers and afloat in judicial campaigns.
While individual contributions are required to be disclosed, the real influence is an important secret only known to the bundlers and the candidates.
Since the Supreme Court of Florida has consistently approved an ad hoc threshold test for contribution recusal, it has a duty to clean up this obvious method of circumvention.
Thomas R. Spencer
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|Author:||Spencer, Thomas R.|
|Publication:||Florida Bar News|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Nov 15, 2015|
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