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September 26, 2016 WVCCE Blog Julie Archer
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Did you know?
As the arguments over the legality of the EPA's Clean Power Plan get underway, here are some important things to remember. When polluters spend millions to influence our elected officials and judges to strike down clean air standards, we pay the price with chronic asthma.
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDisclosureHealthSecret Money
September 20, 2016 WVCCE Blog Julie Archer
Brennan Center Analysis: Secret Outside Spending, Attack Ads Dominate Judicial Elections
Thirty-nine states hold elections to choose all or some of their judges. This November, 27 states will hold elections for seats on their highest courts. Early indicators suggest that several of these races will be dominated by secret outside spending and attack ads funded by groups that do not disclose their donors, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice of seven supreme court elections and primaries that were completed earlier in 2016.
Issues: Dark MoneyDisclosureFair CourtsSecret MoneyWV Supreme Court
September 1, 2016 WVCCE Blog Natalie Thompson
Vigilant companies can avert Watergate scandal replay
The Watergate Hotel reopened recently after a sparkling $125 million facelift, complete with guest key cards saying, “No need to break in.” For well-heeled business leaders visiting there, a pithier epigram might be, “Influence buying has a price.” Decades later, it is too easily forgotten that 12 corporations and 17 corporate executives ultimately were indicted […]
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDemocracySecret Money
August 3, 2016 WVCCE Blog Julie Archer
Speak Up! We Need Senator Manchin to Support Democracy Reforms
In Congress, some lawmakers have proposed solutions to put regular voters back in control of our elections: The We the People package and the Fair Elections Now Act. This is our chance to be heard. Tell Senator Manchin to put everyday Americans first and cosponsor the We the People package and the Fair Elections Now Act.
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingSecret Money
May 12, 2016 Press Release Julie Archer
Special Interests Win in Supreme Court Takeover
Wealthy special interests win in West Virginia Supreme Court race, but without full knowledge of who was behind outside efforts to elevate Beth Walker. Our judges should be selected on their merits not on attack ads or money spent by special interests.
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDisclosureFair CourtsPublic financingSecret MoneyWV Supreme Court
April 22, 2016 WVCCE Blog Julie Archer
Judicial Public Financing: Moving Away from Corruption in the Courtroom
Our state’s judicial public financing system has given voters the ability to choose a judiciary that is truly independent because publicly financed candidates don’t have to rely on support from lawyers and special interest contributors who frequently have cases before the court.
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
April 12, 2016 WVCCE Blog Julie Archer
2016 Fair Courts State Summit: Justice for All
As of April 20, the 2016 Fair Courts State Summit has been postponed. Most likely it will be rescheduled after Election Day. Please check back later for details or contact us if you would like to be notified once the event has been rescheduled.
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair Courts
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