WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 3 - 12 - 9
§3-12-9. Qualifying contributions.
(a) A participating candidate or his or her candidate's
committee may not accept more than one qualifying contribution from
a single individual. A qualifying contribution may not be less
than $1 nor more than $100. To be considered as a proper
qualifying contribution, the qualifying contribution must be made
by a registered West Virginia voter. A participating candidate
shall collect qualifying contributions which in the aggregate are
not less than $35,000 nor more than $50,000. Qualifying
contributions in excess of $50,000 shall be sent to the State
Election Commission for deposit in the fund.
(b) Each qualifying contribution shall be acknowledged by a
written receipt that includes:
(1) The printed name of the participating candidate on whose
behalf the contribution is made and the signature of the person who
collected the contribution for the candidate or his or her
(2) For qualifying contributions of $25 or more, the
contributor's signature, printed name, street address, zip code,
telephone number, occupation and name of employer; and for
qualifying contributions of less than $25, the contributor's
signature, printed name, street address and zip code;
(3) A statement above the contributor's signature that:
(A) The contributor understands the purpose of the
contribution is to assist the participating candidate in obtaining public campaign financing;
(B) The contribution was made without coercion;
(C) The contributor has not been reimbursed, received or
promised anything of value for making the contribution; and
(4) One copy of the receipt shall be given to the contributor,
one copy shall be retained by the candidate and one copy shall be
sent by the candidate to the Secretary of State. A contribution
which is not acknowledged by a written receipt in the form required
by this subsection is not a qualifying contribution.
(c) During the qualifying period, a participating candidate or
his or her candidate's committee must obtain at least five hundred
qualifying contributions from registered West Virginia voters. A
minimum of ten percent of the total number of qualifying
contributions received by the candidate must be from each of the
state's congressional districts.
(d) A participating candidate and each member of the
candidate's immediate family who is a registered voter in this
state may each make one qualifying contribution. A participating
candidate may not use any other personal funds to satisfy the
qualifying contributions requirements.
(e) A participating candidate may not reimburse, give or
promise anything of value in exchange for a qualifying
(f) At the beginning of each month, a participating or
certified candidate or his or her financial agent or committee shall report all qualifying contributions, expenditures and
obligations along with all receipts for contributions received
during the prior month to the Secretary of State. Such reports
shall be filed electronically: Provided, That a committee may
apply for an exemption in case of hardship pursuant to subsection
(c) of section five-b, article eight of this chapter. If the
candidate decides not to run for office, all unspent or unobligated
qualifying contributions shall be sent to the State Election
Commission for deposit in the fund. If the candidate decides to
run for office as a nonparticipating candidate, the unspent or
unobligated qualifying contributions shall be used in accordance
with articles eight and twelve of this chapter.
(g) All qualifying contributions collected and all
expenditures by a participating candidate or his or her committee
shall be reported to the Secretary of State no later than two
business days after the close of the qualifying period.
(h) (1) Individuals are limited to not more than one $100
contribution during the qualifying period.
(2) An individual may not contribute more than $1,000 in the
aggregate in exploratory and qualifying contributions.
(3) All contributions to candidates participating in the West
Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Program
shall be collected by the candidates's designated financial agent.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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