The U.S. Supreme Court rolled back limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions in its 5-4 decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, published today.
As I’ve noted before, West Virginia has been trying to align its electioneering laws with the latest Supreme Court rulings. The last round of changes implemented by the Legislature resulted in successful challenges in federal court in 2008 from West Virginians for Life and the Center for Individual Freedom.
Third-party campaign spending in West Virginia has attracted national attention and resulted in a previous opinion by the Supreme Court. Stay tuned to see the impact of today’s game-changing ruling. As Monty Burns, “The Simpsons” resident corporate magnate, might say, Release the hounds!