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HB 2805 - Expands the Supreme Court Candidate Public Financing Program - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Expands the Supreme Court Candidate Public Financing Program

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (30-4) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (70-29) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes a Public Campaign Financing Program for Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes a public campaign financing program for Supreme Court of Appeals candidates.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Program which provides a public funding option to candidates for the Supreme Court of Appeals.
  • Specifies that the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Program is a permanent program. 
  • Requires an individual seeking to become a certified candidate meet certain requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements: 
    • Receive at least 500 “qualifying contributions”;
    • Receive at least $35,000 in total “qualifying contributions”; and 
    • Receive at least 10 percent of the total “qualifying contributions” from each of the state’s congressional districts. 
  • Defines “qualifying contribution” as a donation from a West Virginia registered voter to a candidate or candidates’ committee between $1 and $100 made during the “qualifying period”. 
  • Defines “qualifying period” as the following time periods which a candidate may raise and spend qualifying contributions: 
    • From September 1 preceding the election year to the last Saturday in January of the election year, for candidates seeking nomination on the primary election ballot; and
    • From June 1 of an election year to October 1 of an election year, for candidates seeking to be placed on the general election ballot.
  • Limits the amount a certified candidate can receive for an election to the following amounts:
    • $50,000 for an uncontested primary election;
    • $300,000 for a contested primary election;
    • $35,000 for an uncontested general election; and
    • $525,000 for a contested general election.
  • Transfers $400,000 from the Purchasing Card Administration Fund to the Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Fund on or before July 1, 2015.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes a Public Campaign Financing Program for Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates

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