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WVCALA: Supreme Court Candidate Wooten: A Favorite Of The Personal Injury Lawyers

Press release received from WVCALA.

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Bill Wooten, a recently announced candidate for Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has received nearly $45,000 in campaign contributions from personal injury lawyers. This troubling information came to light from research conducted by West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. 

“It’s important for West Virginia voters to know that personal injury attorneys have spent tens of thousands of dollars to fund Bill Wooten’s political endeavors. For many years, we have published our ‘Dirty Dozen’ list identifying the hundreds of thousands of dollars that millionaire personal injury lawyers have spent to influence our legislature, including contributions to legislators like Bill Wooten. Thankfully that cycle is now broken. Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead have passed many lawsuit reforms that Wooten and others opposed,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

According to Bill Wooten’s campaign finance documents posted online, which go back to 2000:

  • In 2002, his campaign for State Senate accepted $14,400 in contributions from personal injury lawyers.
  • In 2006, his campaign for State Senate accepted $19,100 in contributions from personal injury lawyers.
  • In 2008, his campaign for House of Delegates accepted $7,650 in contributions from personal injury lawyers.
  • In 2010, his campaign for House of Delegates accepted $3,800 in contributions from personal injury lawyers.

“The May 10th election for Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is a critical one because the winner will sit on the bench for a twelve-year term. We will continue to educate our members and voters about the candidates and the important issues at stake,” concluded Stauffer.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.