State elections officials won't appeal 'rescue' fund ruling
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia election officials aren't appealing the recent ruling against the Supreme Court candidate public financing program. The State Election Commission unanimously decided Tuesday not to petition the U.S. Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that court candidate Allen Loughry could not receive rescue funds. Loughry was the sole candidate receiving public funding through a pilot program. That program included rescue funds meant to help Loughry from being outspent.
But this month's ruling concluded that federal courts have declared such matching funding provisions unconstitutional. The commission had deadlocked over releasing the funds to Loughry. That prompted Loughry to sue. But the commission also sought to defend rescue funding as constitutional in Loughry's case. Loughry can now raise private funds outside of the program.