Tomblin: I Was Unaware of Freedom Donations

Associated Press
23 January 2014

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he was unaware he received campaign checks from top executives at the company at the center of West Virginia’s chemical spill.

The Democrat said he found about donations from two Freedom Industries executives from news articles Wednesday morning.

J. Clifford Forrest, who runs Freedom’s parent company, gave Tomblin’s campaign $500 in 2011 and $500 in 2012. Dennis Farrell, another Freedom executive, gave $500 total to Tomblin in 2011.

W.Va. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito received $500 from Forrest last February for her current U.S. Senate bid. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin received $1,000 from Forrest for his 2008 run for governor. Both are giving the money to West Virginia charities.

The Freedom donations make up a sliver of the millions of dollars raised for each respective campaign.