W.Va. House Speaker: campaign finance reform bill likely to die this session

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — House Speaker Tim Armstead says a campaign finance reform proposal is likely dead in the Legislature.

The Kanawha County Republican tells The Associated Press there are more pressing concerns in the final days of session.

The bill was moved off the calendar Friday.

The campaign finance bill would increase how much candidates can take from donors. Currently, a donor can give $1,000 per primary and $1,000 per general election. The bill would have allowed $2,700 per primary and $2,700 per general election. It also would have allowed candidates more coordination with political party committees.

Senators passed a version that included disclosure of donors to third party groups that currently don't name their contributors.

A House committee stripped out the disclosure, which many Democrats said was the reason they supported it.

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