"Massey's cavalier attitude toward risk and callous disregard for the safety of its employees has exacted a horrible cost on dozens of hard-working miners and their loved ones," Di Napoli said in a public statement reported by If any of you have been asked by your group presidents, your supervisors, engineers or anyone else to do anything other than run coal (i.e., build overcasts, do construction jobs, or whatever) you need to ignore them and run coal.On Thanksgiving eve in 2005, a Metra express train plowed into five cars at the busy Grand Avenue crossing in west suburban Elmwood Park , leaving behind piles of twisted metal, 16 injured people and a golden, moneymaking opportunity for the politically connected.To demonstrate that his interest in the children was sincere, Blankenship had vowed that after the election, he would endow a foundation to help the state's needy children., in his book Coal River (2008), reports that no such foundation was ever set up and that Blankenship's tactics didn't help other Republicans in the state.In 2006, the $3 million that he had provided to forty Republican challengers to Democratic state legislators brought just a single victory.Blankenship also received a deferred compensation package valued at $27.2 million in 2009. 14, 2009, 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...So I would never go out and spend money to try to gain favor with a politician. Electing somebody hoping he’s going to be in your favor doesn’t make any sense at all." would go on to defeat Mc Graw in the general election.Blankenship made approximately $3 million in independent expenditures against Mc Graw, the incumbent judge in the 2004 campaign for the West Va.Supreme Court, and only contributed $1000 to Benjamin's campaign.
Moving with a lightning speed befitting its name, a then-2-year-old British traffic camera-maker called Red Speed latched onto savvy Illinois political insiders and came to dominate Chicago's lucrative suburban market even though it had never before operated in the U. So aggressive was the push that one suburban police chief recommended that his town hire Red Speed a week before it was even incorporated in Illinois.On June 9, 2009, The New York Times opined that the case involved "egregious ethical myopia" on the part of Justice Benjamin.Following the decision, many legal scholars disagreed with the Supreme Court's decision: "If the U. Supreme Court rules that an 'appearance of impropriety' such as to require recusal by a judge may be determined by forces external to the judge's own conscience..will place our system on a slippery slope that knows no boundaries." which holds 303,550 shares of Massey stock worth about $14.1 million, called for Blankenship to resign immediately.Wal-Mart, Pepsi Co, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Common Cause and Public Citizen all filed briefs in the case urging the Supreme Court to throw out the West Virginia Supreme Court's decision in favor of Massey.
The corporations contended that Justice Brent Benjamin was biased in the case--specifically, in favor of Massey.
Blankenship established and funded an independent tax-deductible group called "And for the Sake of the Kids," which ran ads attacking Mc Graw's part in the decision.