CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's Supreme Court is ready to hear from this year's publicly financed candidate for the court.Republican candidate Allen Loughry seeks the release of additional funding from the pilot financing program so he can keep pace with his opponents.The State Election Commission has withheld these so-called "rescue'' funds in the wake of federal rulings targeting such funding in other states.
But the commission also plans to defend the funding provision at today's hearing in Loughry's case.
The state attorney general's office has joined the case to highlight the federal rulings. These decisions say rescue funding chills the political speech of traditionally financed candidates and their contributors.Justice Robin Davis is running in this year's two-seat race. Davis and two other justices have recused themselves from Loughry's case.