Was Tomblin Helped By Illegal 2011 Donations?

740 Main Street, Chapmanville, WV


CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Did Earl Ray Tomblin’s 2011 campaign for Governor take advantage of illegal donations? A headquarters building used in Chapmanville for last year’s election never appeared on any state campaign finance report.


Democrats there used a headquarters building on Route 10 to support Tomblin’s campaign for Governor in 2011. Articles in the Logan Banner reported on events at the 740 Main Street address.


That commercial building was staffed by workers from the WV State Democrat Party. The rent for that building appears nowhere on any state finance reports for the WV Democrat Party, the actual Tomblin campaign, the Logan County Democrat party or any other logically related PAC or organization.


Nor is it cited anywhere as an in-kind donation to any of the above campaigns or PACs.


The property? It’s been owned by Earl and Freda Tomblin for decades, at the corner of WV Route 10 and the on-ramp to Corridor G/US 119, across from Speedway and Aracoma Pharmacy.


“We had a pretty good sense that something was amiss in the Logan County voter results last fall,” said WV Young Republicans spokesman Rob Cornelius. “It’s not a surprise.”

Cake and punch were served.


“The ‘donation’ of a large commercial building on one of the county’s busiest intersections for multiple months is not just illegal in the failure to report it,” said Cornelius. “But it also would likely violate the $1,000 cap on individual donations to a state candidate campaign. That’s really a great location for business and visibility.”