Campaign 2010

Apr 30, 2014

EXPOSED: Evan Jenkins Accepts Maximum Contributions From Out of State Billionaire David Koch

As if there was any doubt that out of state billionaires from New York City are pulling Evan Jenkins’ puppet strings, a new  Bloomberg story exposes that Jenkins has just accepted the maximum legal contribution from David Koch – yes, the same infamous Koch Brothers who were responsible for slashing nearly 100 West Virginia jobs by closing the Georgia Pacific Plant in Mount Hope.

“Evan Jenkins is exactly the sort of spineless politician who would sell his soul to out-of-state billionaires and help them profit off West Virginia’s working families in Congress,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The more dirty cash that Jenkins accepts from his New York City puppet masters, the more clear it becomes that Jenkins is pushing their agenda that jeopardizes Medicare, raises taxes on middle class families and hurts coal miners – all to spend more of our tax dollars on the ultra-wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas.”   

This is hardly the first time Jenkins has fueled his political ambitions with questionable donations: Jenkins previously accepted thousands of dollars in campaign cash from the architect of the Republican Budget, Congressman Paul Ryan, and even took money from Massey Coal and Don Blankenship, who were responsible for one of the worst mining disasters in West Virginia’s history.

BACKGROUND:

Evan Jenkins Took $5,000 from Paul Ryan’s PAC. In 2014, Evan Jenkins took $5,000 from Prosperity Action, the political action committee of Congressman Paul Ryan. [Jenkins Q1 2014 FEC Report, Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 4/16/14]

Evan Jenkins Accepted Contributions from Massey Coal. In 1997, A.T. Massey Coal Co. contributed $1,000 to West Virginians for a Secure Future, a PAC founded by Jenkins. [Charleston Gazette, 9/25/97]

Evan Jenkins Accepted Contributions from Massey Executives Including Don Blankenship. In 2000, Jenkins received $38,700 from coal interests, including $11,550 from Massey Energy executives. The contributions accounted for 12 percent of all donations to his campaign. [West Virginia People’s Election Reform Coalition report, accessed 2/07/14] These donations included $1,000 from Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. [National Institute On Money In State Politics, 1/22/08; Associated Press, 5/02/10]