Associated Press Published

Trump Heading to West Virginia for Fundraiser with Coal Exec


Donald Trump is heading to Wheeling for an invitation-only fundraiser with coal magnate Robert Murray.

Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent says Murray is hosting a June 28 fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. It will take place at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

Broadbent says Murray is organizing the event personally, so the company has no further comment.

West Virginia is considered one of the most favorable states for Trump. He garnered 77 percent of the vote during the state’s May 10 primary election.

During a rally in Charleston last month, Trump promised to bring back jobs in the state’s hard-hit coal industry.

Economic forecasts say the industry won’t bounce back, with or without pending federal regulations that target carbon pollution from burning coal for energy.