CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the election approaching, Secretary of State Mac Warner encourages transparency in campaign committee and special interest spending and asks all West Virginians to visit our new Campaign Finance Reporting System to learn more about the committees that fund the advertisements heading into Election Day. The site can be found at cfrs.wvsos.gov
“I am very proud that our campaign finance reporting system now allows a more user friendly approach for the public to access more information than ever possible in West Virginia.” Secretary Warner said.
The Secretary of State's Election Division launched a new Campaign Finance Reporting System (CFRS) in January that will now ensure a complete searchable data listing of all financial transactions for candidate committees for the West Virginia Legislature. For the first time, legislative candidates in 2018 are mandated to file by using the CFRS, allowing the Secretary of State’s Office to provide searchable data on all legislative candidates.
The new system allows voters to access campaign transaction details in just a few clicks.
Warner continued, “The building blocks of democracy begin with the right of free speech for its people and the right of public discourse when electing our government officials. Transparency increases the voters ability to make informed decisions when casting their ballot on election day and I encourage all voters to use the CFRS to educate themselves on the funding of political advertisements.”
Other political committees that are not mandated to use the CFRS can voluntarily use the system to share committee data or paper copies of their reports, which will be posted in the CFRS for public review