Taxpayers Money for Political Campaigns?

There is a bill moving the final days of the Legislature that makes no sense.  The Manchin administration had proposed using taxpayer’s money to finance the 2012 Supreme Court race.

It now appears in a contested primary a candidate would get $200,000 of taxpayers’ money and $350,000 in the general election.  I have run campaigns and this is a “drop in the bucket”.

Besides I thought the Administration had asked state government agencies to take budget cuts.  Why start a new program to finance political campaigns.  If there is money to spend let’s create jobs with it.

Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) has it right.  He has said “If you want to run for Supreme Court, raise your own money.”

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