Opinion

Morrisey’s questionable campaign contributions

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Last Friday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail in an in-depth investigative report outlined that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s re-election campaign is benefiting from money from lawyers and companies that have profited from the state’s prescription drug epidemic.

The same prescription drug wholesalers being sued by Morrisey’s office for their role in fueling the state’s ongoing opioid problem appear to have indirectly funded a portion of his re-election efforts.

Since 2014, McKesson Corp. and Cardinal Health, both defendants in state lawsuits overseen by Morrisey, have donated a total of $50,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association. In turn, the Republican Attorneys General Association has spent more money than any other organization in West Virginia to re-elect Morrisey.

 On the campaign trail, Morrisey has repeatedly touted his office’s “aggressive” fight against prescription drug abuse, and he has introduced initiatives that he says will significantly curb the number of opioids in West Virginia.

But it appears that some of his largest campaign contributions come from the very industry that is the source of the addiction problem…

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