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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
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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
Issues: Clean Elections
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WVCCE Blog WVCCE April 14, 2014
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. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean Elections
WVCCE Blog WVCCE April 10, 2014
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. More
Issues: Citizens United
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WVCCE Blog WVCCE May 10, 2013
Public campaign financing is now permanent for WV state Supreme Court elections, now we need a permanent funding source!
An amazing thing happened at the 2013 legislative session, we made permanent the option for public campaign financing for WV state Supreme Court elections! Against all odds, our coalition worked hard, with your help, to make this happen. More
Issues: Public financing
WVCCE Blog WVCCE April 2, 2013
Sign New Petition to Keep Public Finance in State Supreme Court Elections
Clean Elections = Fair Courts. Help Make Public Financing a Permanent Part of WV Supreme Court Elections More
Issues: Public financing
WVCCE Blog WVCCE October 12, 2009
Studies Link Poor Health to Mining Practices but Little is Being Done Is Campaign Cash Contributing to the Lack of a Response?
A new report by the WV People's Election Reform Coalition ties coal industry campaign contributions to the lack of response to several disturbing studies relating mining practices to health problems suffered by coalfield residents. More
Issues: Health
WVCCE Blog WVCCE April 10, 2009
WV Citizens for Clean Elections is pleased to announce the winners of our YouTube Video Contest
1st Place -- Chris Wetzel, Ohio Northern University 2nd Place -- Brendan Daily & the Charleston Catholic High School Political Forum Club 3rd Place -- Shere-Khan Smoot, Allyson Jasper & Emily Hamrick, South Charleston High School 4th Place -- Jillian Carney, Winfield Middle School More
Issues: Clean Elections
WVCCE Blog WVCCE February 10, 2009
Clean Elections, Changing the Face of America
The success of Maine and Arizona's Clean Election system is documented in a short video narrated by journalist Bill Moyers. If you would like to receive a copy to share with your friends, neighbors, or others please contact us at or call 304-522-0246. More
Issues: Clean Elections
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