Gavel Grab

W.Va. House Approves Public Financing for Court Candidates

A bill to establish permanent public financing of West Virginia Supreme Court elections won passage in the House of Delegates by a 70-29 vote, and it was sent to the state Senate.

Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was the only candidate last year to take advantage of a pilot public financing program, an Associated Press article noted, and he won election.

Del. Tim Manchin, a Democrat, mentioned Justice Loughry’s victory despite Democratic candidates outspending him, and added about public financing, “It is a good way to get special interest money out of elections and to maintain and improve the integrity of our court.”

Judging the pilot a failure, however, was Republican House Minority Whip Daryl Cowles, who said the GOP nominee won “not necessarily because of this but in spite of this program.”

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