It must be nice to be a politician, or a judge, in Idaho. The lines are getting blurry these days. Idaho is the only state that doesn't require personal financial disclosures from any government officials, according to a three-month study by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity. Utah and Montana also don't require that judges of their highest courts report personal financial interests, so any lucrative side businesses selling Mormon-approved underwear or beef jerky are fair game.
The center has compiled financial disclosure information about state high courts, governors and legislators across the country. Since D.C. isn't a state (yet), we got screwed again and were left out of the rankings.
A more alarming study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and New York University's Brennan Center for Justice showed increasing amounts of campaign contributions flowing to judicial candidates from 1994 to 2006. Almost 40 states require some type of election to win a seat on the state's highest court.
For more color, check out this Legal Times story for a winding road trip through the South following a trail of campaign cash and old-school stump speeches from Kentucky Supreme Court candidates last year.