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President of the Senate and Lt. Governor, Jeff Kessler

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Media Advisory - Senate President Jeff Kessler will be the keynote speaker tonight at a forum on clean elections and the 2012 Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Project

Charleston, WV – Senate President Jeff Kessler (D – Marshall) will be the keynote speaker tonight at a forum on clean elections and the 2012 Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Project.

In the wake of multi-million dollar expenditures by an independent contributor in the 2004 Supreme Court election, the Legislature passed reform measures in 2007. The legislation required organizations to file reports of campaign contributions and expenditures with the Secretary of State and to include a disclaimer on campaign advertisements.

In 2008, separate suits were filed by Citizens for Individual Freedom and West Virginians for Life challenging these requirements. This case has been ongoing for the past four years.

Earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld, among other things, West Virginia’s implementation of disclosure requirements based on the State’s interpretation of “expressly advocating” in reference to campaign advertisements. Senate President Kessler will be speaking on this month’s ruling.

WHAT: Clean Elections/Public Financing Forum

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:00 p.m

WHERE: Fairmont State University, Clarksburg, West Virginia
Caperton Center – Room 148





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