Massey weighs in on politics

MASSEY Energy has weighed into the election game donating US$1.7 million to a special interest group working to eject West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw.

Angie Tomlinson

Massey chief Don Blankenship said that he decided to finance the group, called And for the Sake of the Kids, because "without a change in the Supreme Court, businesses will continue to avoid West Virginia'' and the state's "job shortage'' would continue.

The group has already spent $2.4 million on advertising against McGraw.

"Over the years, I and the companies for which I worked have donated millions to West Virginia charities,'' he said. "However, I decided this summer that the most productive donation I could make to my fellow West Virginians was to help defeat Warren McGraw.''

Massey has about 3,000 employees in West Virginia.