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Would-be Democratic Donor Blocked From GOP Candidate's Public Financing Case
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 15, 2012 @ 7:17PM
Created on August 15, 2012 @ 4:03PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A potential Democratic donor cannot join a West Virginia Supreme Court case arising from the state's public financing program.

A Wednesday order denies a request by Mike Callaghan to intervene in the petition filed by Republican Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry.

A pilot program has provided Loughry public funds in lieu of traditional campaign cash. The longtime Supreme Court law clerk has petitioned for the release of additional funds meant to help him from being outspent in the two-seat race.

The State Election Commission has balked at releasing these rescue funds. Federal rulings have blocked similar funding in other states.

Loughry argued that Callaghan has no constitutional rights affected in the case. Callaghan says the prospect of rescue funds chills his right to contribute to Loughry's Democratic opponents.
 
More Information: Lawsuit Filed Against Campaign Finance Pilot Program
 
Former West Virginia Democrat Party Chairman Mike Callaghan is filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the constitutionality of the state's public campaign financing pilot program. That law uses tax payer money to match campaign contributions for state supreme court candidates only. And this pilot program will take effect only during the 2012 election cycle. Candidates can choose whether or not to accept the money.  Click here to read more.

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