Here comes the (political) money

West Virginia is about to get a record amount of outside investment and in-state fundraising…in political money.

Andrew Donaldson
4 min readApr 28, 2023
Photo from Governor Jim Justices From right to left (per gov’t website:) Secretary of State Mac Warner, Ag. Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, A.G. Patrick Morrisey, Governor Jim Justice, treasurer John Perdue, auditor JB McCuskey, superintendent of schools Steve Paine. Morrisey, Warner, and McCuskey are running for Governor as Jim Justice runs for US Senate in 2024. Courtesy photo/Governor’s Office

Normally when a big investor or company announces a plan to pour millions of investment dollars into the State of West Virginia it is accompanied by fanfare and headlines. Usually there is much talk of how wonderful this influx of money is, and how it will change X number of lives in Y location, rejoined with a dazzling list of numbers and great things to be expected.

The biggest of big announcements even get a dog and pony show; the time-honored public relations extravaganza that includes the investor and officials like the governor, or a US senator, who all try their best to take all the credit in one hand while shaking hands with the other, while words of cooperation and excitement slide past too-wide smiles and public political joy. The public playacting to present a united front from the backstage politicking and all the hurt feelings and manipulated ambitions involved therein.

The dog and pony show is up front, of course, just in case the X number of lives changed in Y location turns out to be less than advertised, or worse, never actually comes to fruition.

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Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media