Campaign Finance

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Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:50 p.m.

Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out raising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports.

Senate Candidate Patrick Morrisey speaks during a rally with President Donald Trump at a rally, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va.
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Updated Thursday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.

The indictment of Rudy Giuliani's associates has a connection to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Global Energy Producers, the company owned by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, made a donation to a Morrisey-focused political action committee in his failed U.S. Senate bid last year. NPR reports the two foreign-born Florida businessmen helped Giuliani dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine -- a scandal at the core of House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginians will soon be allowed to give more money to political groups in the state. Political donors will be allowed to give $2,800 to candidate committees, $5,000 to political action committees and $10,000 to state party executive committees.

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Hours ahead of a midnight deadline to take action on bills from the regular legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has announced a final set of approvals and vetoes.

Of the 294 bills passed this regular session, Justice signed 266 pieces of legislation and vetoed 28.

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The West Virginia Senate has cleared a bill that would make changes to the state’s campaign finance laws. While the measure increases the limits on donations to candidates and other political groups, opponents say the bill fails to provide transparency on so-called dark money in elections.

When you opened your mailbox, watched television or listened to commercial radio in the lead-up to the election, you and other would-be voters were likely bombarded by political advertisements. Like in elections past, some of those materials were paid for by candidate committees and are easily identified as such. But the sources of the materials from other groups -- known as independent expenditures and not authorized by a candidate or a candidate committee -- are often more difficult to discern.

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West Virginia's Senate has voted to raise the campaign contribution limit from $1,000 to $2,700 to a candidate in a primary or general election and revise other provisions in state election law.

The bill approved 21-12 now goes to the House for consideration.

Jim Justice
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Updated campaign finance reports show West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice spent $5.1 million in his mostly self-funded winning campaign as a Democrat.

Justice, owner of coal mines, the Greenbrier resort and other businesses, defeated Republican Bill Cole.

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New campaign filings show West Virginia's three Republican incumbents with far more money than Democratic challengers in their campaign accounts.

Filings show Rep. David McKinley's campaign received almost $241,000 from July through September, spent more than $157,000 and still had $705,000 on hand.

W.Va. Justices Are a Hot Commodity for Outside Spenders

Oct 27, 2016
The West Virginia Supreme Court chamber.
West Virginia Judiciary

Out-of-state and dark money spenders (campaign contributions from nonprofits and super PACs that don’t have to disclose the sources of their funding) are contributing more money to judicial elections than they have in previous years.  

Thorney Lieberman / West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

In a crowded West Virginia Supreme Court contest, third-party groups are outspending the five candidates.

Campaign finance reports show that outside groups have spent $1.8 million, while candidates have spent $1.6 million combined through late April.

Presidential Primary Campaign Financing
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As West Virginia moves toward the May 10 primary, thousands of West Virginians are opening up their wallets and shelling out some major cash for the presidential hopefuls.

But, in terms of dollars, which candidate is winning West Virginia? We look to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission for the answer.

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Republican Congressman Alex Mooney has raised almost $150,000 for his re-election in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District.

According to campaign finance reports, the first-term House member raised $147,900 from January through March and has $376,900 cash left.

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Two casino companies have given five-figure checks to a West Virginia conservative political committee.

According to federal campaign finance records, Penn National Gaming donated $27,000 and Racing Corporation of West Virginia gave $20,000 in February to Grow WV Inc.

Penn National Gaming runs the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Racing 

  Corporation of West Virginia owns the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes.

Cash Money
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A West Virginia group that can accept big checks for political advertising has raised almost $529,000 from union interests.

West Virginia Family Values reported raising the cash in a campaign finance report tracking money since late last March.

Money, Cash
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West Virginia's three Republican congressmen each brought in six-figure fundraising hauls last quarter.

In campaign finance reports, Congressman Evan Jenkins raised $175,500 from July through September, the most out of West Virginia's delegation. The 3rd Congressional District representative ended with $404,900 in his campaign account, and has no challenger for 2016 yet.

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
United States Congress

While considering a bid for governor, Republican Congressman David McKinley added almost $154,000 to his federal campaign account to start the year.

On Wednesday, McKinley and West Virginia's freshman Republican congressmen posted six-figure hauls from January through March.

Governor Tomblin Signs Opioid Antagonist Act

Mar 9, 2015

At the legislature today, the House made some major changes to the senate’s campaign finance reform bill.  And two senators say the bill will not be approved by the Senate with those changes intact.  A rally over the weekend brings six thousand citizens to the capitol to speak out against the Republican-led initiatives they say will hurt workers across the state.  And we’ll talk about senior citizen’s issues with representatives of the AARP on The Legislature Today.

Over the weekend the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss a handful of bills, but most notably the bill to amend the concealed carry law and a bill that reforms political spending in the state.

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

During an evening session on the final day to approve bills in their originating chamber, members of the state Senate passed a bill that would make major changes to election contribution laws in West Virginia.

The body began debating the bill more than a week ago that when introduced would have removed all contribution caps for candidate donations and allowed corporations to begin giving to West Virginia races.

At the legislature today, bills to repeal West Virginia’s educational standards and loosen up the state's campaign finance laws were up for discussion in the senate.    These stories and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers get some advice about how to make campaign finance reporting more transparent.  And we’ll profile Rocket Boy Homer Hickam. 

  Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall spent $1.2 million last quarter for his tough re-election bid, more than double what GOP opponent Evan Jenkins spent.

As political ads flooded the airwaves in the race, Jenkins spent $542,800 last quarter.

Seeking his 20th term, Rahall raised $487,200 from July through September and had $381,700 cash left. Jenkins, a state senator, raised $307,200 and had $461,400 in his campaign account.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall raised almost $324,000 last quarter for his contested re-election bid, while GOP challenger Evan Jenkins banked about $193,500.
 
Federal Election Commission reports say Rahall has about $1.1 million in his campaign account after the January-through-March fundraising period. Jenkins has about $512,000 cash on hand.