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JAS: First Reports of TV Ad Time Buys in W.Va. Court Race

West_Virginia_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005Based on public FCC records, Justice at Stake reported on Friday the first purchases of TV advertising time in a five-way race for a single West Virginia Supreme Court seat, scheduled for May 10.

The campaign of former state legislator William “Bill” Wooten purchased TV ad contracts worth at least $28,380. He is competing in a race for the seat currently held by Justice Brent Benjamin, who is seeking re-election. Also vying for the seat are attorney Wayne King, former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw, Jr., and attorney Beth Walker. West Virginia’s Supreme Court elections are nonpartisan, and provide the opportunity for candidates to use public financing for their campaigns.

“West Virginia has put important reforms in place with its judicial public financing system, and by making Supreme Court elections nonpartisan,” said JAS Executive Director Susan Liss. “The state has certainly been in the public spotlight for spending and advertising in these elections in the years before reform. We’ll be watching closely to see what happens this year.”

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