Clean Election Update
March 3, 2006
Clean Elections Dead Again
The WV Public Campaign Financing Act (SB124) has suffered another inglorious
death in the Senate Finance Committee, in spite of all the diligent lobby work
by Julie Archer and Si Galperin.
The bill was on the committee’s agenda last week so members could hear
testimony from Todd Lang, the executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections
Commission in Arizona, one of the nation’s pioneering Clean Elections states.
However, there was no discussion of the West Virginia legislation by the
committee, and the bill was not put to a vote.
The bill’s major stumbling block is Finance Committee chairman Walt Helmick,
who opposes public financing of election campaigns. By all the counts we can
come up with, there are at least 10 votes in favor of our bill on the committee,
more than enough for passage.
Will another study resolution help this bill? Who knows.