W.Va. Lawmakers Again Attempt Campaign Finance Fix

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's legislature is once again plunging into the thorny topic of campaign ad spending.

Two bills now before the senate respond to the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing direct corporate spending on elections.

But Monday's house votes on the measures reflect continued, GOP-led concerns over the constitutionality of such regulatory efforts.

Senators have previously looked favorably on past attempts at such rules, but court rulings have blocked portions of them.

New to the debate is the bid by one of the two bills to require shareholder approval before state-based corporations spend money on campaigns.

The New-York based Brennan Center for Justice is recommending that approach to congress and state governments.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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