WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 3 - 12 - 12
§3-12-12. Restrictions on contributions and expenditures.
(a) A certified candidate or his or her committee may not
accept loans or contributions from any private source, including
the personal funds of the candidate and the candidate's immediate
family, during the nonpartisan judicial election campaign period
except as permitted by this article.
(b) After filing the declaration of intent and during the
qualifying period, a participating candidate may not spend or
obligate more than he or she has collected in exploratory and
qualifying contributions. After the qualifying period and through
the nonpartisan judicial election campaign period, a certified
candidate may spend or obligate any unspent exploratory or
qualifying contributions and the moneys he or she receives from the
fund under the provisions of section eleven of this article.
(c) A participating or certified candidate may expend
exploratory and qualifying contributions and funds received from
the fund only for lawful election expenses as provided in section
nine, article eight of this chapter. Moneys distributed to a
certified candidate from the fund may be expended only during the
nonpartisan judicial election campaign period for which funds were
dispersed. Money from the fund may not be used:
(1) In violation of the law;
(2) To repay any personal, family or business loans,
expenditures or debts; or
(3) To help any other candidate.
(d) A certified candidate or his or her committee shall return
to the fund any unspent and unobligated exploratory contributions,
qualifying contributions or moneys received from the fund within
forty-eight hours after the date on which the candidate ceases to
(e) A certified candidate or his or her committee shall return
to the fund any unspent or unobligated public campaign financing
funds no later than five business days after the nonpartisan
(f) A contribution from one person may not be made in the name
of another person.
(g) A participating or certified candidate or his or her
committee receiving qualifying contributions or exploratory
contributions from a person not listed on the receipt required by
sections eight and nine of this article is liable to the State
Election Commission for the entire amount of that contribution and
any applicable penalties.
(h) A certified candidate accepting any benefits under the
provisions of this article shall continue to comply with all of its
provisions throughout the nonpartisan judicial election campaign
(i) A participating or certified candidate or his or her
financial agent shall provide the Secretary of State with all
requested campaign records, including all records of exploratory
and qualifying contributions received and campaign expenditures and obligations, and shall fully cooperate with any audit of campaign
finances requested or authorized by the State Election Commission.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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