12 March 2010

Campaign Finance & West Virginia

The latest debate over campaign finance rules in the West Virginia Legislature gets attention from The Associated Press as it reports on such discussions across the country in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling.

"At least eight states are pushing for greater disclosure of political spending by corporations and unions," the article said. "At least three states, led by West Virginia, would go further by requiring corporations or unions to get permission from their shareholders or members before they can spend money on elections."

But AP also reports that "groups that welcomed the Citizens United decision warn that states will invite successful legal challenges if they press beyond disclosure and pursue the sort of requirements being debated in West Virginia."

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