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February 7, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
WV Senate to Consider Raising Contribution Limits
On Monday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to take up SB 408, which would raise campaign contributions limits to candidates and political action committees (PACs) to the current federal limit of $2,700 per election (more than double West Virginia’s current limit of $1,000). The bill would also allow political party committees to […]
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDisclosureSecret Money
January 22, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
Meaningful Disclosure of Campaign Cash Needed
The House Judiciary Committee has advanced two bills as part of the Republican leadership’s agenda to improve transparency and accountability in government. The first, HB 2588, would require all candidates for elected office to file their campaign finance reports online using an internet-based program created by the Secretary of State. Candidates for statewide office have […]
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyPublic financing
January 22, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
With Blankenship Conviction, We Must Remember Fuller Legacy on the State
With the unprecedented conviction of former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, the public should take comfort that Blankenship has been served a small measure of justice for his actions. Those with the power to do so should use this opportunity to push for what still needs to be done to – as Senator Manchin put it […]
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
December 16, 2015 Alerts and UpdatesPress Release Natalie Thompson
Omnibus Bill Would Invite More Secret Money Into Elections
“The omnibus proposal keeps the government’s lights on in exchange for more secret money in politics. Ideological riders should be off the table.”
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark Money
November 3, 2015 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
Fair Courts: Money, politics tipping scales of justice?
If you went to court tomorrow, would you ultimately get a fair and impartial decision? Or are the scales of justice tilted by special interests spending big and playing dirty in efforts to shape elected courts to their liking? A new national report underscores the troubling answer to these questions. Bankrolling the Bench: The New […]
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
November 3, 2015 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
Fair Courts Summit Brings Together Advocates Working to Protect Our Courts
In July, Natalie Thompson and I represented WV Citizens for Clean Elections at the second annual Fair Courts State Summit in Washington, DC. The summit, hosted by our national partner Justice at Stake and sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice, Wellstone Action, and the Piper Fund (longtime funders of our clean elections work) brought […]
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financing
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
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