Opinion
December 16, 2016
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Democracy Endangered When ‘Philanthro-Barons’ Try to Tip Courts

Michael Hanson/©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda and Bill Gates visit a high school in Denver. Mr. Gates’s education work moved from the classroom to the courtroom this year as he funded an election challenge to a Washington state judge who struck down a charter-school law he backed.

Charles Wiggins, running for re-election to the Washington State Supreme Court this year, did what state judicial candidates do nowadays: He raised campaign funds, about $200,000 in 10 months. This looked substantial — until Bill Gates and Paul...

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