IN the name of "campaign reform," the Legislature last year offered to fund the campaigns of candidates for the state Supreme Court if they collected 500 small contributions but accepted no more than $50,000.
The House's inclination is to make public financing permanent in Supreme Court races, giving candidates $300,000 in contested primaries and another $525,000 in the general election.
That's as much as $825,000 per candidate.
Concerned about where the public funds would come from, the Senate Judiciary Committee opted to limit public financing of high court campaigns to 2016 only.
It would be better to simply end this non-reform.
The premise behind an entitlement program for politicians is that some people think millionaires can buy elections in West Virginia.
It's obvious that is not the case. Last year alone,
millionaires John Raese and Bill Maloney lost their bids for U.S. senator and governor, respectively. Even Jay Rockefeller lost his first bid for governor in 1972.