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WVCCE Blog WVCCE October 23, 2018
WV Supreme Court of Appeals Election Resources
Among the many important races on the ballot this election, West Virginia voters will have the opportunity to elect two new justices to fill vacancies on the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. It's a crowed field, with 10 candidates running for each of the two seats, which will be listed on the ballot as Division 1 and Division 2. We've compiled some resources and reporting on the Supreme Court races to help voters learn more about the candidates running to complete these two unexpired terms on the Court.  More
Issues: Fair CourtsWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE October 22, 2018
Film Screening & Discussion to Highlight Need for Reform
Dark money groups spend millions to shape our elections at all levels of government without revealing where their money comes from. But it doesn't have to be this way. ‘Dark Money’ (darkmoneyfilm.com) takes viewers to Montana to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The film also shows how attorneys, elected officials, and local activists in Montana fought back and won. Come see the film and be inspired to help us fight big money in West Virginia elections More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosure
Document WVCCE October 8, 2018
Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Campaign Flier
The document below contains two versions of our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption campaign flier. A half-page, double-sided flier (two per page) and a full page. Download the filer here or email julie@wvoter-owned.org to request copies. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracy
WVCCE Blog WVCCE October 1, 2018
Join Us in October for a Screening of ‘Dark Money’
Join us at the Underground Cinema by WVIFF for October's Movies That Matter Monday's Film, 'Dark Money,' a political thriller that examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. But the citizens of one state won’t allow their democracy to be dismantled without a fight. You can join them. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracySecret Money
Press Release WVCCE September 10, 2018
Petition demands fair, transparent judicial elections
With impeachment trials for current and former members of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals set begin in the State Senate tomorrow, WV Citizens for Clean Elections is worried that the legislative response to the recent spending scandal could enable a single party, through a pre-planned partisan impeachment process, to seize control of the third branch of Government for the next two years. We are urging West Virginians to sign the Our Court, Our Vote petition, which is addressed to Governor Jim Justice and members of the WV Legislature, and which demands a prompt and transparent special election for any open seats on the Supreme Court. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDisclosureFair CourtsTransparencyWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog WVCCE August 24, 2018
Making sense of the chaotic West Virginia Supreme Court impeachment
We're continuing to follow the WV Supreme Court impeachment saga closely. Earlier this week, the State Senate approved it's procedural rules for the impeachment trials. Current and former justices are scheduled to appear before the Senate on September 11 to answer to the charges against them. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this piece from our friends at the Institute for Southern Studies about the impeachment, and how corporate interests have shaped the court in an effort to deny ordinary West Virginians their day in court. More
Issues: Dark MoneyFair CourtsPublic financingWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE June 13, 2018
Supreme Court scandal highlights need to improve trust in the judiciary
The recent Supreme Court spending scandal and charges against Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry are an opportunity to implement reforms to improve confidence in both the judicial system and the electoral process. West Virginians are rightly furious over Justice Loughry’s behavior, but we know they are also worried about another threat to public trust in the judiciary — the secret special-interest money in judicial elections. In both cases, transparency has to be a part of the solution. The court must bring transparency to the judicial budgeting process and legislators must seize this opportunity to bring disclosure to the secret money being used to influence our votes. More
Issues: DisclosureFair CourtsSecret MoneyTransparencyWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE June 6, 2018
Workshop on Role of the Courts in Protecting Democracy, Fundamental Rights – June 18 in Charleston
WV Citizens for Clean Elections and the WV Association for Justice are hosting a free workshop on the role of the courts in protecting our democracy and our fundamental rights. Through a series of interactive discussions and presentations, participants will leave with knowledge about who sits on the bench in West Virginia, how judges are selected/elected, threats to judicial independence, and actions to strengthen and protect the impartiality of our courts. The free workshop will be held Monday, June 18 in Charleston at the Four Points Sheraton and includes an appetizer buffet reception. Attendees are asked to please register in advance. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog WVCCE October 4, 2017
Update on WV Voter Registration Purge, Presidential Election Integrity Commission
In response to news reports that more than 67,000 voters had been removed from West Virginia’s voter registration rolls since January, representatives of the League of Women Voters of WV, ACLU of WV and WV Citizen Action Group met with Secretary of State Warner’s elections division staff to learn more about the process for removing voters from the rolls, and the reasons for their removal. Our partner and allied organizations have also been monitoring the activities of the Presidential Election Integrity Commission. More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
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
Coporations are not people
Press Release WVCCE June 27, 2011
Supporters Say Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing, but Not Fatal for Public Financing
Supporters Say Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing, but Not Fatal for Public Financing More
Issues: Public financing
Press Release WVCCE November 17, 2010
Coalition Members, Legislators Highlight Advantages of Public Financing
(Charleston, W.Va.) Supporters of publicly financed elections gathered at the State Capitol to highlight the advantages of the West Virginia Supreme Court Public Campaign Financing Pilot Project, which was recommended by Governor Joe Manchin and adopted by the legislature earlier this year. More
Issues: Public financing
Press Release WVCCE January 21, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Finance Laws: Citizens United Decision Could Unleash Flood of Money in Federal and State Elections
Charleston, WV —The U.S. Supreme Court today released its decision in the case Citizens United v. FEC, striking down a ban on independent expenditures by corporations. Today's decision will significantly expand the role of corporate money in elections and repealed more than 100 years of campaign finance law. More
Issues: Citizens United
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
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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 ohvec@ohvec.org or call 304-522-0246. More
Issues: Clean Elections
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