Funding an Issue for W.Va. Court Candidate Program

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia election officials are keeping an eye on available funds for future Supreme Court candidates.

The State Election Commission learned Thursday that a public financing program for qualifying candidate should have $1.5 million by 2016. That's the next time a Supreme Court seat is scheduled to be on the ballot.

The program offers public money as an alternative to traditional fundraising to address concerns about judicial corruption. The Legislature voted to make it a permanent program this session.

Lawmakers also increased the amounts available to candidates. The program will now offer $300,000 for a contested primary and $525,000 for a contested general election.

The commission plans to file the program's revised rules and then allow 30 days for public comments. The commission will review any feedback in late July.

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