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W.Va. AG raises $166K toward campaign debt

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With lobbyists, lawyers and coal interest among his contributors, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has raised more than $166,700 since his election win, the latest campaign finance reports show.

The money has helped the Republican recoup some of the $1.4 million he devoted from his personal wealth toward his November victory over Darrell McGraw, the Democratic incumbent. Having self-financed a larger share of his campaign than any other statewide 2012 candidate, Morrisey easily outraised all other state candidates combined during the Nov. 19 to March 29 reporting period, according to the filings.

A former Capitol Hill staff lawyer and lobbyist, Morrisey repaid himself with $83,000 of the funds raised. His report details another $48,000 that went to campaign staff and other election expenses. Morrisey said late Monday that the contributions also helped pay $28,175 listed as a debt to Political Ink, a Washington, D.C., direct-mail firm, in a previous report.

A Dec. 6 event at The Summit in Charleston provided $68,200 of the postelection contributions. Another $55,500 came from a K Street fundraiser in Washington on Dec. 18. The Weirton law firm of Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio & Simon held an event the next day that brought in $6,700.

Out-of-state contributors gave just a little more than half of the funds. Around one-third came from political action committees. Lawyers provided at least $22,500 of the total. Morrisey received a similar amount from executives of MEPCO, a Morgantown coal firm, or their spouses. Members of the Beltway law-lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro contributed approximately $4,000.

"We accept contributions from a wide variety of sources, but will never favor any specific person, company, or firm," Morrisey said in an emailed statement. "All individuals, firms, and companies are entitled to equal treatment under the law. The rule of law will govern all of our actions."