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Personal loans power West Virginia candidates’ GOP Senate campaigns


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two GOP primary candidates for U.S. Senate in West Virginia are reaching into their own pockets to pay for their campaigns.

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are pouring personal loans into their campaign accounts.

According to his report, Blankenship has not raised a cent for his campaign. Instead, he loaned himself $400,000 in November. Since then, his campaign spent more than $250,000, mostly on TV advertising.
A spokesman for the campaign did not respond when asked if Blankenship would raise money down the line or pay his own way entirely.

Blankenship, who was convicted in December 2015 of conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards, was fined $250,000 in addition to spending a year in prison as a result of that conviction.

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