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Money and politics are lousy bedfellows, especially in a judicial election. Corruption, and the appearance of corruption, are unacceptable.   And according to Hammer, nothing corrupts better than money.

"Although West Virginia law forbids judicial candidates from personally accepting campaign donations, its been my experience these past 30 years as a practicing attorney that the campaign treasurer or committee will most definitely ask for donations from attorneys.  Of course all campaign contributions are a matter of public record and readily found on the Secretary of State's website.  So while the public can easily see this information - so too can the judge herself."

"I'm determined to break free from this smoke and mirrors charade.  My campaign will not seek, nor accept, monetary donations.   Every cent spent is from my own pocket.   I won't have litigants, attorneys, or jurors sit in my courtroom and wonder if, 'the fix is in'.  All parties should have confidence that the playing field is level.  And in my courtroom, everyone will."

David Hammer for Judge.  Treasurer Mike Earley. 
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