This is an unprecedented amount of dark money to be spent in a judicial race. This brings the total of false advertising, that this shadow organization is spending, to over $1.5 million to buy a Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.Readers of the blog will recall that the Judicial Crisis Network has already made a footprint in Arkansas. In 2016, the group — a well-funded political nonprofit devoted to trying to advance a right-wing agenda through the state and federal judiciary (and via elections for attorneys general) — poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into TV ads and direct mail opposing Goodson in her campaign for Chief Justice. That was the most expensive judicial race in the state's history; Goodson lost but retained her position as associate justice and is running for re-election. This year's race will no doubt top the record as the money pours in. The Judicial Crisis Network also took the side of Sterling with big ad buys in the 2014 attorney general's race.
I am shocked that this amount of money would be spent. I do not know who they are trying to buy, but it is obvious that I am not for sale. My campaign does not have the money to refute this overwhelming false advertising push so my only hope is to depend on the people of Arkansas to see through this manipulative tactic and not be fooled. I encourage people to go the Arkansas Ethics Commission website and search for reprimands or fines against me or my campaign. I assure you there are none.