From Phil Kabler’s “Statehouse Beat” in Sunday's Charleston Gazette-Mail:
State treasurer candidate Riley Moore is having a fundraiser in Charleston Feb. 13, with an interesting lineup of special guests, event chairs and committee members.
Most eye-catching is that Murray Energy PAC, the political arm of the bankrupt coal company owned by Robert Murray, is listed as an event chairman. . . .
Other event chairs and committee members include Randy Cheetham, with Arch Coal; Sammy Gray, with FirstEnergy; Bob Orndorff, with Dominion Energy; Steve Stewart, with Appalachian Power; Greg Hoyer, with EQT; and Greg Thomas, longtime spokesman, consultant and aide to Don Blankenship.
(There’s also the usual cast of GOP VIPs, including Senate President Mitch Carmichael, House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and former Senate president Bill Cole.)
(Note – names in bold are in the original.)
And so Riley Moore is going to be raising money from West Virginia’s feudal lords – not bad for a man whose first job was as a welder! (At least that’s what Moore and Ogden Newspapers keep telling us -- see here and here, for examples.)
Hmmm. Big donors/big money to elect a well-connected politician to head the state treasury? Or is this just an investment? Something tells me that there is more to this story.