The Reverend Dennis Sparks writes in the Charleston Gazette urging the West Virginia legislature to pass full public financing for the state's elections. Calling the Public Campaign Financing Act a "true freedom bill," Rev. Sparks cites the success in Arizona and Maine of public finanicng systems producing better accountability to citizens, and urges West Virginia to be a leader on this reform.
States have led the way thus far in winning Clean Elections - Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Jersey, Vermont and Connecticut all have laws on the books, as do Albuquerque, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon. West Virginia would be a welcome addition to that list.