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Public Financing of Supreme Court Elections

West Virginia has a notorious elections history regarding the Supreme Court. In a recent example, a coal baron sank millions into a fake group called "And For the Sake of the Kids" to elect his preferred Supreme Court candidate. In 2010, Delegate Fleischauer worked to enact legislation setting up a pilot project to provide public funding for candidates for the Supreme Court. Public financing first became available to Supreme Court candidates in the 2012 election. Delegate Fleischauer sponsored HB 2805, which passed in 2013, and made the program permanent.

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