WV PBS: The Kingmaker – documentary on Don Blankenship’s Money in WV Politics

June 8th, 2009

Producer, Reporter, Narrator

A 30-minute profile of Don Blankenship, the CEO of coal company Massey Energy, who spent more than $3 million dollars to defeat an incumbent justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2004. This documentary looks at Blankenship’s personal history, the motives and methods behind his sudden political activism, and the influence he continues to wield in West Virginia. This first aired on WV PBS in November 2005, one year after Blankenship’s candidate Brent Benjamin won a seat on the Court.

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