The 2008 ruling came after the state's disclosure laws for electioneering communications were challenged by the Virginia-based Center for Individual Freedom and the anti-abortion group West Virginians for Life. Johnson granted the groups a preliminary injunction shortly before the 2008 general election.
After that, state lawmakers went back to the drawing board and removed disclosure requirements from efforts involving phone banks, mass mailings and billboards. But Johnston again struck down much of the new law in 2011.
Larry Puccio, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said Tuesday that party officials consulted Tennant's office before began making any calls.
"Prior to the voter education calls that we placed this weekend, we sought and received information from the Secretary of State's office," Puccio said.
He also referred to a Maloney news release from Monday night in which Wimer referred to the robocalls as "criminal" and "dishonest."
"While I cannot speak for the majority of Republicans who were attacked for their votes in these ads by Bill Maloney's allies, the Democratic Party would accept Mr. Maloney's apology for his wild accusations from his late night press release," Puccio said.
Puccio said the Republican Governors Association either "has thrown the majority of Republican legislators under the bus for Maloney's personal gain who voted for this responsible legislation.
"Or they have purposely attempted to mislead the public by not letting them know that this was bipartisan legislation, supported by most Republican legislators that they are attacking in their ads."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.