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WVCCE Blog Julie Archer March 7, 2017
Public Financing Repeal Defeated
Some good news: Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down SB 463, saving public financing for West Virginia Supreme Court candidates. This is an important victory for fair courts.More
Issues: DisclosurePublic financingWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer March 4, 2017
Public Financing, Voting Rights Under Attack
Bills to repeal the WV Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Program and impose strict identification requirements in order to vote have been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature. The voter ID bill would also eliminate automatic voter registration (AVR) at the Division of Motor Vehicles. We need your help to stop these terrible proposals.More
Issues: DisclosureFair CourtsPublic financingSecret MoneyVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer November 15, 2016
Outside spending in W.Va. elections nears $20 million
Outside groups reported spending $4.7 million dollars in the two weeks prior to the election, with total spending reaching $19.8 million so far this election cycle. This year’s outside spending by race breaks down as follows: Attorney General - $7,056,716, Governor - $5,534,089, Supreme Court - $3,644,315. Third party organizations also spent $3.3 million in various state Senate races. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureSecret MoneyWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer November 3, 2016
W.Va. outside spending reaches $19.2 million
Five days from the election, outside spending in West Virginia elections has reached $19.2 million this election cycle. Outside groups have reported spending an additional $4.1 million dollars over the past week.More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDemocracyDisclosureSecret Money
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer September 26, 2016
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.More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDisclosureHealthSecret Money
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer September 20, 2016
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. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDisclosureFair CourtsSecret MoneyWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Natalie Thompson September 1, 2016
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 […]More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDemocracySecret Money
Coporations are not people
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer August 3, 2016
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. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingSecret Money
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 22, 2016
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.More
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 12, 2016
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. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair Courts
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 6, 2016
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. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer March 24, 2016
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. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
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WVCCE Blog Julie Archer February 15, 2016
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.More
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer February 15, 2016
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.More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDisclosureSecret Money
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer February 7, 2016
WV Senate to Consider Raising Contribution Limits
Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your legislators and tell them to vote "No" on SB 408. Allowing more money into our elections without increasing disclosure is self-serving and keeps West Virginians in the dark about who is trying to influence their votes.More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDisclosureSecret Money
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WVCCE Blog Julie Archer January 22, 2016
Meaningful Disclosure of Campaign Cash Needed
If the Legislature wants to get serious about disclosure of campaign cash, they should make sure every secret money group – liberal and conservative – attempting to sway election results has to disclose where the money came from. Our right to know who is influencing our elections is not a partisan issue. No matter your political beliefs, we all benefit when we know what is going on in the government.More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyPublic financing
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer January 22, 2016
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. But we also must remember Blankenship's fuller legacy on the state and the effects his prioritization of profit had elsewhere — namely our elections.More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer November 3, 2015
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 […]More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
WV Citizens for Clean Elections
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer November 3, 2015
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 […]More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financing
WVCCE Blog WVCCE May 1, 2014
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.More
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