West Virginia Watchdog reports that the coal industry is giving heavily to Democrat candidates even in this year of Republican wave. The tale of the tape is in the giving of individuals–McKinely is raising more from individuals (presumably not as connected to coal) than Oliverio, who is receiving a significant portion (almost all) of his money from the coal industry in terms of PAC donations. It would be nice to see an individual breakdown of those who give and their relationship to the coal industry. One wonders if Oliverio wins out there too:
As of June 30 McKinley had the lead in money, collecting nearly $967,000 for his campaign. Nearly $351,000 came from individual donations, $43,000 came from political action committees, and $570,000 came from McKinley himself. Oliverio is on slightly behind, collecting a total of $832,000 donations. Over $708,000 came from individuals, over $104,000 came from PAC money, and $20,000 came from the candidate himself.
McKinley may have more money than Oliverio, but he doesn’t have more coal industry support. In fact, he has very little it seems. Looking at the Federal Election Commission reports, McKinley has received no PAC support and only $11,000 from individuals connected to the coal industry. That number could be much larger, but every FEC report turned by his campaign has large portions of information missing, including employer information. This makes it far more difficult for journalists or citizens seeking specific information on donors.
Again, knowing what we know about the decline of coal influence in the state, how smart is it for a candidate to be almost completely a coal candidate?