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Thursday, August 9

OH-14: Coal Baron Murray Supports LaTourette (R); You Can Support O'Neill (D) at Events Sunday and Monday

A commenter pointed out that bellicose coal mine owner Robert Murray, whose disgraceful rants at the site of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster against mine regulation and efforts to contain global warming are a national embarrassment, has made substantial campaign contributions to Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Concord Township). Checking at OpenSecrets.org, I find at least the following contributions:
9/24/94 - $1,000
5/30/95 - $500
3/14/97 - $1,000
12/15/97 - $1,000
7/29/04 - $2,000
9/24/04 - $1,000
11/5/06 - $2,000
That's a total of $8,500 donated by Murray to a legislator that Murray sees as sympathetic to Murray's twisted values. LaTourette has been a reliable "pro-business" vote, as reflected in the huge support he gets from corporate PACs and wealthy corporate executives.

Now is your chance to do something. Appellate Judge William O'Neill (D-South Russell), the challenger to LaTourette, will appear with Attorney General Marc Dann (D-Liberty Township) at fundraisers in Chagrin Falls on Sunday and in Geneva-on-the-Lake on Monday. Here are the details ($50 minimum contribution):
Sunday August 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Auburn Lakes Clubhouse
One Clubside Drive
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Monday August 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Old Firehouse Winery
5499 Lake Road/State Route 531
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
If you can't make it to either of the fundraisers, make your campaign contribution at O'Neill's campaign web site!

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At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this.
When a horrible situation such as this recent mine disaster occurs, one would think a decent person, yet alone a congressman, would speak out. Yet, LaTourette is silent. One would think after the last mine disaster that LaTourette would have put forth meaningful legislation on mine safety instead of continuing to take money from a mine owner. Yet, it is not surprising that Murray appears on LaTourette's donor list. After all LaTourette who came out supportive of First Energy after the great blackout is still taking money from them.
The man is bought and sold.
It is really time for him to go.


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