Associated Press Published

W.Va. Committees Spent $1.4 Million Each on State Races


Two West Virginia political committees spent about $1.4 million each to help their preferred parties win state legislative posts this election.

According to a campaign finance disclosure filed Thursday, Grow WV Inc. spent more than $1.4 million to help Republicans. Most of the group’s money went toward mailings and TV advertisements.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce donated $500,000 of the $1.5 million raised by the committee. The Republican State Leadership Committee contributed $220,000. A company with a similar name, Go West Virginia, Inc., gave $355,000. Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick contributed $100,000.

Honest West Virginians, a union-funded group, spent almost $1.4 million to help Democrats. 

Next month, Republicans will take control of both legislative chambers for the first time in about eight decades.