If you really want to understand the for-profit scam that is today’s GOP, this story is a good place to start.
It seems the infamous coal boss Robert Murray has been forcing his subordinates to give to specific Republican candidates, including our very own Ed Gillespie. Murray is known for many things, none of them good, like the Crandall County Mine Disaster, which exposed his company’s lax safety record, coal slurry spills into nearby creeks, and over-the-top, self-serving climate change denial statements as in his 2007 hissy fit to Congress:
“It is time that common sense be introduced into this hysterical, out of control climate change debate, which alleged phenomenon, to our Nation’s best scientists, is based on faulty science.”
And Murray puts millions of dollars of his money where his mouth is – and then forces his subordinates to do the same, as he was also caught doing in 2012 too.
You have to ask: Why is almost the entire Republican party in the climate change denial, do-nothing camp? Why does Ed Gillespie in particular continue to “dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge” the whole issue?
Because fossil fuel barons like Murray pay them to take the stands of most value to their corporate bottom line. It may not be as blatant as directly helping your donor after he gives you a Rolex and takes your wife on a Manhattan shopping spree. But it’s no less appalling.