West Virginia Public Campaign Finance Program Invalidated - State and Federal Communications

September 14, 2012  •  

West Virginia Public Campaign Finance Program Invalidated

Flag of West VirginiaThe West Virginia Supreme Court has struck down the state’s public campaign financing pilot program.

The program, similar to other programs invalidated in Arizona and Nebraska, provided additional public financing to candidates whose privately-financed opponents made expenditures beyond a certain amount.

The court held that West Virginia’s program violated privately-financed candidates’ free speech rights by essentially preventing them from making expenditures in order to avoid their opponents’ receipt of additional funds.

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