31 Facts About Don Blankenship

1. Don Blankenship is running for Senate despite spending a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations.

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2. Don Blankenship still maintains he was set up says the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is responsible for the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

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3. Don Blankenship is the former chief executive of the Massey Energy Company where an explosion in the Upper Big Branch coal mine killed 29 men in 2010.

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4. Don Blankenship claimed he was unjustly charged, tried, convicted and sentenced.

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5. Don Blankenship was said to be worth $40 million in 2015.

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6. Don Blankenship said an ambulance driver from CoxHealth taught the class.

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7. Don Blankenship was convicted for conspiracy to violate mine safety and health standards in 2015, which was the cause of the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that resulted in the death of 29 miners.

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8. Don Blankenship was in a six-candidate race for the Republican nomination.

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9. Don Blankenship has waged a near-constant public relations campaign claiming his innocence, including recently buying several full-page advertisements in the Gazette-Mail to attack the prosecutors who brought the case against him.

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10. Don Blankenship is the former CEO of Massey Energy, which owned a mine where a 2010 explosion killed 29 workers.

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11. In April 2018, Don Blankenship released an ad in which he calls Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "cocaine Mitch", urging potential voters to "ditch" McConnell.

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12. On February 14, 2009, Don Blankenship told the New York Times, "I've been around West Virginia long enough to know that politicians don't stay bought, particularly ones that are going to be in office for 12 years.

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13. On January 15, 2008, photographs of Don Blankenship vacationing on the French Riviera with West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Spike Maynard, while Massey had a case pending before that court, appeared in the New York Times.

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14. Don Blankenship had a water line built to his home from a nearby town.

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15. In August 2017, Don Blankenship funded a television ad featuring the sister of one of the miners killed in the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion.

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16. Don Blankenship must step down and make room for more responsible leadership at Massey.

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17. Don Blankenship said he was "Trumpier than Trump" but that "the establishment" was "misinforming him" because they did not want him "to be in the US Senate and promote the president's agenda.

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18. That same year, Don Blankenship was criticized by Hillary Clinton's campaign after his appearance at her campaign stop in Williamson, West Virginia.

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19. In 2016, Don Blankenship supported conservative advocacy groups to remove Democrats from Legislature.

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20. Don Blankenship supports Friends of Coal, a West Virginia advocacy group founded as a countermeasure to environmental protection movements, in opposition to President Obama's "war on coal".

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21. In a 1980s documentary, Don Blankenship stated about business, "It's like a jungle, where a jungle is survival of the fittest.

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22. Don Blankenship has spoken out against media coverage and alleged false attacks by "liberal media".

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23. Don Blankenship received a deferred compensation package valued at $27.2 million in 2009.

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24. Don Blankenship was paid $17.8 million in 2009, the highest in the coal industry.

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25. In 1996, Don Blankenship was elected to the board of directors of engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation.

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26. Don Blankenship was born in Stopover, Kentucky and raised in Delorme, West Virginia.

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27. In April 2016, Don Blankenship was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $250,000, and reported to FCI Taft the next month.

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28. On December 3, 2015, Don Blankenship was found guilty of one misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety and health standards in relation to the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion.

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29. Don Blankenship is a major weapon for Georgia on kickoffs a number of fans took the time to don their best Kirby Smart or Georgia-themed Halloween costumes.

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30. Don Blankenship said he hopes the Rams learned from the Moore experience.

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31. Don Blankenship is a top-3 kthreecker in the nation If Terry and the UK offense turns the ball over, I don't think Kentucky can upset the Dawgs.

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