Argument: Impossible to avoid big-money influence in judicial elections
"A question of integrity". News & Record of Greensboro. June 19, 2009: "Although most statewide judicial candidates participate in a public campaign financing system, that’s not a safeguard against big-money influence. Blankenship contributed only $1,000 directly to Benjamin’s campaign. He gave $3 million for so-called independent expenditures on Benjamin’s behalf. The same thing could happen in North Carolina."