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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 WV Citizens for Clean Elections 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 WV Citizens for Clean Elections 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
April 6, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
Join us in DC April 16-18 for Democracy Awakening!
Later this month, thousands of people will be coming together in our nation's capital to demand a democracy that works for all of us – where our votes are not denied and money doesn’t buy access and power.
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingVoting Rights
March 24, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
Supreme Court Hears Public Financing Appeals
A temporary panel of judges sitting in for members of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals agreed with the State Election Commission's decision to award public financing to Brent Benjamin and Bill Wooton. Their opponent, Beth Walker, had challenged the SEC's decision based on procedural technicalities.
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
February 15, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
State Election Commission Certifies Candidates for Public Financing
Two candidates have qualified to receive public financing during for this year’s Supreme Court election. Beckley lawyer and former legislator Bill Wooton and Justice Brent Benjamin were both certified to receive public funds by the State Election Commission despite objections from Beth Walker, who is challenging them in the race.
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsWV Supreme Court
February 15, 2016 WV Citizens for Clean Elections Blog Julie Archer
WV Senate GOP Stalls Campaign Finance Bill
SB 408, a campaign finance bill that would increase contribution limits, stalled in committee after Senators amended the bill to increase disclosure of third-party political spending. It remains to be seen if the bill will reconsidered. In the meantime, six Democrats in the House introduced HB 4527, which would require any group that spends more than $1,000 to influence our elections to say where the money came from. The bill would also close the “covered transfers” loophole that allows so-called “social welfare” groups to serve as money conduits to Super PACs.
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDisclosureSecret Money
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