Following that vote, Charleston attorney Anthony Majestro filed suit in U.S. District Court to have the matching-funds provision in the West Virginia law declared unconstitutional. Majestro is campaign attorney for Supreme Court candidate Tish Chafin, a Democrat.
In a statement released Tuesday, Loughry applauded the commission's action.
"I want to thank the State Election Commission members for their unanimous 4-0 vote today to defend the constitutionality of the pilot program law," Loughry stated. "Given their unanimous vote in support of this law, I am asking the commission to immediately authorize the release of the funds to my campaign."
He added, "The intent of the law was to make judicial elections fair, and to eliminate the perception that Supreme Court seats are being bought by attorneys who practice before the court or by individuals or groups who spend millions of dollars to elect justices."
Loughry is being represented by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law and Huntington attorney Marc Williams.
The Elections Commission also unanimously approved a motion asking that their attorney act to expedite the matter before the Supreme Court.
It was not immediately clear whether justices of the court would need to recuse themselves in the case. Besides Davis' status as an opposing candidate, Loughry has clerked for Justice Margaret Workman.
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