Associated Press Published

Media CEO's $250k Check to GOP Draws Criticism

A West Virginia media executive is drawing Democratic scrutiny after contributing $250,000 to the Republican Governors Association.

Bray Cary, president and CEO of West Virginia Media Holdings, made the donation in April.

The Republican association has spent almost $1.1 million to aid GOP state Senate President Bill Cole’s bid for governor against billionaire Democrat Jim Justice. The group is involved in governor’s races nationwide.

Cary hosts the TV show Decision Makers. Cole has made some appearances.

The state Democratic Party wants Cary banned from discussing the governor’s race on Nexstar/West Virginia Media airwaves. Nexstar is acquiring four West Virginia Media television stations.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin encouraged Cary to give $250,000 to the Democratic Governors Association to show balance.

Cary didn’t respond to phone and email messages for comment.