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July 31, 2015 Press Release Natalie Thompson
WV elections panel declines to clean up public campaign law
In May, the commission drafted rules to make the public financing law consistent with the new nonpartisan election and had proposed resolving the funding ambiguity with a rule clarifying that candidates could keep any unspent qualifying funds.
Issues: Public financingWV Supreme Court
July 28, 2015 Press Release Natalie Thompson
WVCALA takes aim at WV Supreme Court voting blocks
West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse said a new study of state Supreme Court of Appeals opinions dating back to 2009 corroborated earlier research suggesting Justices Robin Davis, Margaret Workman and Brent Benjamin were most likely to agree philosophically in recent years.
Issues: WV Supreme Court
July 28, 2015 Press Release Natalie Thompson
Arizona Clean Elections Commission Targets Dark Money
The Arizona Clean Elections Commission has proposed requiring dark-money groups to quit hiding and reveal who is funding their drives to get certain people elected
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark Money
July 17, 2015 Press Release Natalie Thompson
CMD Denounces Corrupt John Doe Ruling From Conflicted Court
Madison, WI--Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state’s limits on money in politics, opening the door to unlimited, undisclosed spending coordinated directly with candidates, and handing Scott Walker a significant political victory as he begins his run for the White House.
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark Money
May 1, 2014 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog WVCCE
Sample letter to State Legislator in support of Clean Elections
This letter can easily be adapted for sending to a State Senator just by substituting SB 118.
Issues: Clean Elections
April 14, 2014 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog WVCCE
Latest Supreme Court Ruling: Constitutional Amendment Could Fix this Mess
Another disappointing ruling came down from the the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts lastweek, in which Big Money scored a major victory against average citizens. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the court struck down contribution limits for what one individual can contribute to political campaigns and party committees during an election cycle.
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean Elections
April 10, 2014 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog WVCCE
Silver Lining in Citizen’s United
If there was a ‘silver lining’ in the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. the FEC, it’s that the court overwhelming affirmed that state can require those who ‘pay to play’ in our elections to fully disclose their financial sources. One comprehensive bill (HB 4463) relating to the disclosure of information on campaign contributions and spending, was introduced last session.
Issues: Citizens United
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