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Public financing complaints swamp election panel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Election Commission members spent all day Wednesday reviewing 155 challenges of contributions to Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin’s re-election campaign — objections that could disqualify him from participating in public financing of the campaign.

While reviewing the objections, filed by challenger Beth Walker, commissioners were advised the Walker campaign is challenging an additional 365 contributions to Benjamin, and is planning to challenge all qualifying contributions for Beckley lawyer and former legislator William Wooton.

“Public financing is about having more voices to be heard in the process,” Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said after Wednesday’s emergency meeting. “

Here, around every corner, it’s being challenged, which is their right to do.”

The objections reviewed Wednesday focused on four main issues …

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