Campaign Spending

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship says he poured more than three-point-seven million dollars intohis failed bid to influence this year's legislative races.

Blankenship reported spending more than the entire field of 45
Senate candidates, and nearly as much as the more than 240 people
who ran for the House.

Racetrack and other gambling interests were among those more
successful than Blankenship. The latest posted campaign finance
reports show they supported 71 winning candidates. Only a handful
of Blankenship's candidates won, after he waged a statewide
advertising campaign in support of 45 Republicans.

The gambling interests gave 352-thousand dollars in House and
Senate races. They contributed more than half that sum in the final
weeks before the general election. Many of these interests seek
full-blown casinos at the state's four racetracks.

Tobacco interests also stepped up their campaign giving just
before November Seventh.

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